Liverpool’s performance in claiming a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Arsenal was hailed as ‘absolutely spot-on’ by Jürgen Klopp.
The Reds were back to their energetic and creative best against the Gunners at Anfield, returning to the Premier League top four courtesy of goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Klopp was pleased with the way his side rose to the intensity of a hard-fought contest, particularly given the need to show a response following their defeat at Leicester City earlier in the week.
Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…
On another victory against a top-six rival…
First of all, we were absolutely spot-on from the first second in the game. We played a wonderful first half. It was clear it would be a very intense game, you could see it already with the line-up of Arsenal; OK, Mesut Ozil was not in, [Alexis] Sanchez was not in, but pretty much the rest… It was clear we needed to have an eye on the counter attacks and all that stuff. Both teams tried to play high pressure – that was the reason for a lot of long balls, which made sense. But after winning the second ball, both teams tried to play football. Especially in the first half, we did better. We played really good, created wonderful chances and scored only two times, and could have scored more in the first half.
It was clear a response would come from Arsenal and especially when Alexis Sanchez is then on the pitch. On one side, he is a world-class player, no doubt about this. On the other side, he is completely different to [Danny] Welbeck for example; not better or worse, only different. It took five minutes, but they felt actually like 50, to adapt to the situation. They already had two big chances at the beginning of the second half. We needed Simon [Mignolet] and a little bit of luck in this moment, but controlled the game then again and it was clear if no coincidence happens, we will have a chance for a counter attack. It was really intense. They scored the goal after Roberto Firmino goes down in their box, and we blocked the ball from Sanchez before we scored the third one. It was a long way to go for all the goals – it was very intense between these two boxes. It was good again.