LIVERPOOL 2-0 ARSENAL
Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on his Liverpool team after they beat Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
Firmino doubled the Reds’ lead before the break before Daniel Sturridge completed the rout with two superb individual goals after the break to become the first Reds player to score four goals in three consecutive home league games.
The result saw Liverpool climb into fifth place – three points behind Tottenham in fourth – after two days of reshuffling in the top six.
“It was a big performance today, it was a really impressive result,” said Liverpool manager Klopp.
“For more than 80 minutes we played really well but it’s a pity we couldn’t take our chances at the start. We didn’t deserve to lose and that’s how it is.
“But the way we played in the second half was just outstanding and you cannot ask for more. It was so cool, the atmosphere was so good. We all appreciated it.
“It was like a special feeling.”
The victory was Klopp’s 50th in charge of Liverpool, who return to Champions League football next season despite going five games without a win earlier in the campaign.
“After last season we are already back on that journey. We have to use this moment – we’re in a good position – and we have to fight and earn our place in the Champions League again,” he added.
“We are not a team that would give up and that’s not a negative way but it’s a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet said the team had to be able to see off a tough Arsenal side having not played well in recent weeks.
“We know Arsenal was coming here with a lot of confidence and under pressure but we did the job really well and kept up our performances in the last few weeks,” he said.
“It’s not all smooth sailing in the Premier League and it was our job to stay in the rhythm and take those opportunities when they came.
“Today we kept to the plan. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy against Arsenal but we managed to maintain it and have a chance to win it at the end.”
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez said his side came into the game just over an hour too late in their worst result of the season.
“We had five days rest but they started very quickly, that’s why they have a clean sheet. After the first 20 minutes we conceded a couple of chances and that’s why we lost the game,” he said.
“I felt a bit tired. The game is always on the counter attack, you have to think it’s the only way you can play. The work that we did, we had to think it was on our side.
“We will have to go back to the training field to come back strong. We know we can come back from a big loss. We know the quality of this group of players and will come back quickly.
“Of course, it’s a low point but we will bounce back. Everyone knows how bad it is today.”