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“I am making an attempt to suppose again to the final time I noticed Liverpool play like this,” mentioned Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville as Jurgen Klopp’s facet, already three targets up on Arsenal, flooded ahead looking for one other.

There have been some good performances within the midst of their droop this season. Video games the place they merited greater than they received. However hardly ever have they performed fairly like this. Rampant, ruthless, unrelenting. It was Liverpool as we all know them greatest.

The targets arrived in a frantic 18-minute spell within the second half, substitute Diogo Jota scoring both facet of a Mohamed Salah strike. However Arsenal have been fortunate to be degree for so long as they have been and so they have been lucky, too, that Liverpool didn’t punish them additional.








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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Arsenal

They actually tried to.

Klopp’s facet have a Champions League quarter-final away to Actual Madrid in three days’ time however you would not have guessed it from the way in which Salah and Sadio Mane went haring ahead within the remaining seconds of stoppage time, hungry for extra.

There was little thought for conserving power and it’s when Liverpool are in this type of temper, following their instincts fairly than bending to inhibition, that they’re at their most deadly.

The win is a big one within the context of the top-four battle. Chelsea’s shock defeat to West Brom means Liverpool have closed the hole to the Champions League spots to only two factors. However it’s even larger when it comes to what it would do for them psychologically.

Liverpool have reminded us all what they seem like at their brutal greatest however most significantly they’ve reminded themselves that they’re nonetheless able to reaching these ranges.

“Even in a number of the video games once we misplaced, we weren’t dangerous, however tonight the bundle was extraordinarily good and that is what you want,” a beaming Klopp instructed Sky Sports activities afterwards. “Excellent,” was his evaluation of the efficiency. “A high sport,” he added.

Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the first of two goals for Liverpool
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Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the primary of two targets for Liverpool

Klopp appeared like a person who had simply been reacquainted with an outdated pal. “Our counter-pressing was on the highest degree,” he mentioned, nonetheless grinning. “Normally, the defending of the entire crew appeared precisely prefer it ought to look,” he added.

Certainly, it was not simply the way in which by which Liverpool sliced Arsenal open that was so spectacular. It was the depth of their off-the-ball work and resilience of their patched-up line of defense. Liverpool have been dominant all around the pitch. They appeared like champions once more.

Arsenal might barely lay a glove on them, as Neville put it. In truth, Liverpool restricted them to solely three pictures on aim over the course of the 90 minutes. It is Arsenal’s second-lowest complete in a Premier League sport because the 2010/11 season, in line with Opta.

Following their victories over RB Leipzig and Wolves earlier than the worldwide break, Liverpool have now received three consecutive video games for the primary time since October.

The Gunners won the corresponding fixture last year but were second best
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The Gunners have been second greatest all through on the Emirates Stadium

It’s a statistic which underlines the extent of their inconsistency this season and calls for a level of warning when predicting the place their season will go subsequent.

However there’s a sense that issues are lastly falling into place – even when they’re nonetheless with out long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson.

“It is the primary time within the season, just about, when, other than the long-term accidents, the entire boys are match – and actually match, lengthy sufficient again from harm and in actually fine condition,” mentioned Klopp. “We’ll use that and hopefully it is going to assist us.”

Saturday’s sport confirmed it already is.

Jota was not talked about as a lot as Liverpool’s defensive absentees throughout his time on the sidelines however he had scored 9 targets in 15 Premier League and Champions League video games previous to his harm and his goalscoring return highlights how a lot he was missed.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – this Trent Alexander-Arnold – was missed too however his eye-catching show in opposition to Arsenal suggests his omission from the England squad might work to Liverpool’s benefit.








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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised Trent Alexander-Arnold’s show for the Reds within the 3-0 win over Arsenal on the Emirates Stadium

There was no self-pity, solely enhanced willpower, as proven by his second of fist-pumping celebration after his good cross was headed residence by Jota for the opening aim.

The midfield has been considerably enhanced by the return of Fabinho, who has been pushed again into his favoured place because of Nat Phillips’ emergence alongside Ozan Kabak.

If that centre-back partnership actually is an space of weak spot, then Liverpool actually did a superb job of hiding it in opposition to Arsenal. Fabinho affords loads of safety in any case.

The Brazilian, excellent in midfield in opposition to RB Leipzig and Wolves, was equally spectacular in opposition to Arsenal. “The very best participant on the pitch,” mentioned Neville. He made twice as many tackles as any Liverpool participant and his good distribution helped them too.

Klopp name-dropped others as nicely.

Naby Keita didn’t make it off the bench on the Emirates Stadium however he is able to make an affect after an injury-hit season, in line with Klopp. The Liverpool supervisor mentioned the identical of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool should overcome harder opposition than this “shabby” Arsenal facet within the weeks forward, after all, beginning in opposition to Actual Madrid on Tuesday night time. However all of the sudden it appears a season of strife might but finish on a excessive word. Are Liverpool again? It actually appeared that approach on Saturday night time.



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