Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says workrate off the ball will be key to beating Liverpool on Monday night.
Arteta takes the Gunners to Anfield looking for a first win on the red half of Merseyside since 2012, when he was pulling the strings in midfield.
“That is a different level,” Arteta said. “They have done that in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well. And that is why they raised the bar so high.
“Not only them, Man City as well in recent years. That is the level and you have to be able to compete at that level because this is our context and this is our reality.
“If we want to be one of those teams, those basic things have to be implemented every day. That goes through in training – you cannot expect them to do that at weekends and train in a different way. That is the way you conduct yourself every day.
“I don’t know if in football history someone has closed a gap of 43 points if they maintain the same level in just a few months. Obviously what you are expecting to do is be much better and more consistent and then they can drop the level a little bit, and then the gap is not that big.
“But we can control what we can control, which is our performances and our level of consistency. Obviously we will do our best to try to be much better than last year.”