Unai Emery praises Alex Iwobi’s performance in Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool

31 December, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

"OMG Liverpool..." Puyol posted after the second of Roberto Firmino's quickfire double - a cool dribble through the Arsenal defence and unerring finish - overturned the visitors' opener.

Salah could have been expected to take up penalty-taking duties again when Dejan Lovren tumbled to the floor at a corner after being shoved by Kolasinac.

The loss - the heaviest defeat under Emery this season - could see Arsenal fall five points outside the top four if Chelsea win on Sunday.

"For sure Tottenham´s result people out there reacted, but not inside the dressing room where they were completely concentrated on the match and not allowed to have that influence on our game", said Klopp. "It's not important how far you are ahead in December".

Manchester City face a test of their resolve as they look to pull themselves out of a rare slump at Southampton this weekend. "Everyone in the squad has been looking at it".

"But in December we've knocked the games off one by one and we've now got a healthy lead". During those game weeks, Liverpool have defeated Newcastle 4-0, Wolves 2-0, Bournemouth 4-0 and Brighton 1-0.

It didn't start off so well, though.

But the response from the capacity Anfield crowd suggests it will be hard for the manager to temper expectations among them of a first Liverpool title in 29 years.

- Arsenal versus Liverpool is now the highest scoring fixture in Premier League history (155 goals). "We lost the balance", the Arsenal manager said, after confirming Mesut Özil missed the game because of a knee injury.

It was immediate and ruthless, exposing Arsenal's defensive frailties.

A further strike from Sadio Mane and a penalty from Mohamed Salah followed before halftime.

The Brazilian's first goal came after some unfortunate defending in the Arsenal box, with the striker prodding into an empty net.

Just before the break, Salah would score his first of the game, with the Egyptian converting a penalty after he found himself on the wrong end of a clumsy foul from Sokratis. Salah smashed his penalty down the middle, with Leno getting a slight touch.

He said: "He gives the ball to Bobby and he can score a hat-trick, so that's just nice".

Salah nearly opened the scoring with a clever backheel from Roberto Firmino's mishit but he made no mistake with his spot-kick, sending Bernd Leno the wrong way on the stroke of half-time.

"Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby and I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals", added Klopp.



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