Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal quality ahead of "difficult" game for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal quality ahead of

- Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 11 goals in his eight Premier League games against Arsenal for Liverpool (8 goals, 3 assists), more than he has against any other opponent in the competition.

"It is not every day you beat Arsenal 5-1 but there were times in the game when we could have played better, and there were certainly times when we could have defended better", Klopp said.

The second was simply lovely with Firmino leaving three Arsenal defenders on their backsides and sliding the ball past Bernd Leno with equal finesse.

- Roberto Firmino's hat-trick is the sixth to have been scored in fixtures between Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League - the most hat-tricks in a single fixture in Premier League history.

Any hope of a sensational comeback was put to bed when Sead Kolasinac was adjudged to have pushed Lovren in the area, and Firmino buried the resulting penalty in the corner to make it 5-1 and complete his first hat trick for Liverpool.

Liverpool are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who were stunned 3-1 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers. "When we went to City past year, do you think I had the table in the dressing room and said, 'We are fourth, they are first?'" he said. Liverpool fell behind in the league at Anfield for the first time since December 30 past year when Alex Iwobi crossed for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to slot home at the far post.

"When we came in the season, the thing was if we can qualify for a third time for a Champions League spot then that would be brilliant". You land a blow on us, we land three, four, or in this instance five, back. "We will rest now and prepare for that game", he said.

Last season they would swamp teams from the beginning, but there were times when the opposition had control of the game and Liverpool looked in difficulty. "So far the gesture of the season".

"There were some positives on the pitch - for example Ainsley played as a right winger and scored, working well", Emery said in a match conference.

Liverpool now travel to Manchester City in a blockbuster clash on Thursday night.

After Sadio Mane dispossessed Lucas Torreira in the middle of the park, Firmino picked up the ball and promptly danced through the Gunners backline before slamming home past Bernd Leno.

"The only thing that can get annoying after a while is answering the same questions, so maybe you think a little bit about what you ask and not all the time the same!"

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