It might sound like a line from Liverpool’s ’80s anthem “Anfield Rap,” however it was the mantra of supervisor Jurgen Klopp after his aspect inflicted a Three-1 defeat on rivals Arsenal on Saturday to maneuver clear on the prime of the English Premier League.
Arsenal’s protection was peppered and pressured as Liverpool’s three-pronged assault of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino probed and pushed in one other Anfield thriller between the 2 sides.
“It was a efficiency filled with energy, filled with power, filled with greed, filled with ardour which you want towards such an excellent group like Arsenal,” Klopp informed broadcaster Sky Sports activities.
“The work price of the boys is outstanding. Our identification is depth and that is how the boys confirmed up at this time.
“It is our fifth recreation (of the season) already. What we did within the first video games we did for longer and extra exactly.”
With a glittering entrance line however query marks over their protection, there was maybe a bit irony defender opened the scoring for Liverpool on this much-anticipated tie.
Joel Matip jumped away from the Arsenal again line — which was too busy making an attempt to muscle out Matip’s defensive companion Virgil van Dijk — to go in simply earlier than halftime.
Salah added a second with an absolute rocket from the penalty spot after David Luiz was penalized for tugging the Egyptian’s shirt when he was on the transfer within the field.
The penalty gave Liverpool further impetus and Salah ran clear so as to add a 3rd purpose with a sensational solo effort.
“The boys scored great targets,” Klopp added. “The primary one was a sensational set piece. The choice in regards to the penalty was completely apparent, everybody might see there was a shirt the place it shouldn’t be, after which Mo’s third purpose was unbelievable.”
The penalty got here simply two minutes into the second half and successfully snuffed out the possibility of a significant Arsenal fightback.
‘Can not help himself’
Luiz, a practical summer time switch designed to shore up Arsenal’s protection, conceded the penalty with an instinctive seize of Salah’s shirt.
“He simply can not help himself!” former Manchester United defender Gary Neville commented on Sky Sports activities.
Luiz known as the incident “only a reflex” and went on to argue that officers aren’t in a position to choose the facility of the pull and that Salah informed him after the ultimate whistle that he did not really feel something.
“With VAR (video assistant referees), it is troublesome for them to see the facility,” stated Luiz. “Should you see the shirt going like that it is troublesome for the referees to say it isn’t a penalty.
“Should you play with an extra-large shirt now it might be a penalty each time. It is interpretation.
“Mo-Mo is my pal and he stated he did not really feel that … however soccer is like that.”
Regardless of the dizzying Liverpool surge, Arsenal stored their heads and added a late purpose by substitute Lucas Torreira to disclaim the Reds a clear sheet.
The London membership additionally stay second within the desk, three factors behind Liverpool.
For Arsenal followers trying to take additional comfort from one other heavy Anfield defeat, it got here within the form of Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal’s report signing — who joined the Gunners for a reported 72 million kilos ($88 million) earlier this month — made a assured debut, displaying tempo to rival Liverpool famous person Salah.
“They have a particular expertise in Pepe,” former Liverpool participant Jamie Redknapp stated on Sky Sports activities. “I have been so impressed by him. He is been breathtaking. He is received that blistering tempo that defenders hate.”
“If he carries on like that, he’ll rating many targets for Arsenal.”
Unai Emery might need hoped Pepe might have carried out simply that at Anfield, however with the brand new Premier League season simply three matches previous, defeat wasn’t fairly so exhausting for the Arsenal boss to swallow.
“The primary half was perhaps one of the best likelihood for us with Pepe, however after their purpose it was not straightforward,” Emery stated. “The important thing was the second purpose, that penalty was very tender.
“However our response afterwards was good. We continued doing our work. … I believe some gamers will look (and suppose) that they took one other step right here at this time.
“After we completed Three-1 pushing, that’s the spirit we would like.”
This fixture is the highest-scoring within the historical past of the Premier League and has produced some traditional encounters — earlier than Saturday’s conflict, the 2 sides had clocked up 155 targets and a report six hat methods.
However for Arsenal, there are nonetheless scores to settle at Anfield — whereas Liverpool stroll on.