It will sound like a line from Liverpool’s ’80s anthem “Anfield Rap,” nevertheless it used to be the chant of supervisor Jurgen Klopp after his facet inflicted a Three-1 defeat on opponents Arsenal on Saturday to transport transparent on the most sensible of the English Premier League.
Arsenal’s protection used to be peppered and harassed as Liverpool’s three-pronged assault of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino probed and driven in any other Anfield mystery between the 2 aspects.
“It used to be a efficiency stuffed with energy, stuffed with power, stuffed with greed, stuffed with pastime which you want towards the sort of excellent group like Arsenal,” Klopp instructed broadcaster Sky Sports activities.
“The paintings charge of the lads is outstanding. Our identification is depth and that’s the reason how the lads confirmed up these days.
“It is our 5th 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 used to be most likely somewhat irony defender opened the scoring for Liverpool on this much-anticipated tie.
Joel Matip jumped transparent of the Arsenal again line — which used to be too busy seeking to muscle out Matip’s defensive spouse Virgil van Dijk — to move in simply ahead of halftime.
Salah added a 2d with an absolute rocket from the penalty spot after David Luiz used to be penalized for tugging the Egyptian’s blouse when he used to be at the transfer within the field.
The penalty gave Liverpool more impetus and Salah ran transparent so as to add a 3rd objective with a sensational solo effort.
“The men scored glorious targets,” Klopp added. “The primary one used to be a sensational set piece. The verdict in regards to the penalty used to be completely obtrusive, everybody may just see there used to be a blouse the place it will have to now not be, after which Mo’s 3rd objective used to be implausible.”
The penalty got here simply two mins into the second one part and successfully snuffed out the risk of a significant Arsenal fightback.
‘Can not assist himself’
Luiz, a practical summer season switch designed to shore up Arsenal’s protection, conceded the penalty with an instinctive take hold of of Salah’s blouse.
“He simply can not assist himself!” former Manchester United defender Gary Neville commented on Sky Sports activities.
Luiz referred to as the incident “only a reflex” and went directly to argue that officers are not in a position to pass judgement on the facility of the pull and that Salah instructed him after the general whistle that he did not really feel anything else.
“With VAR (video assistant referees), it is tough for them to peer the facility,” mentioned Luiz. “For those who see the blouse going like that it is tough for the referees to mention it is not a penalty.
“For those who play with an extra-large blouse now it will be a penalty each and every time. It is interpretation.
“Mo-Mo is my buddy and he mentioned he did not really feel that … however soccer is like that.”
In spite of the dizzying Liverpool surge, Arsenal saved their heads and added a overdue objective thru exchange Lucas Torreira to disclaim the Reds a blank sheet.
The London membership additionally stay 2d within the desk, 3 issues at the back of Liverpool.
For Arsenal lovers having a look to take additional comfort from any other heavy Anfield defeat, it got here within the form of Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal’s document signing — who joined the Gunners for a reported 72 million kilos ($88 million) previous this month — made a assured debut, appearing tempo to rival Liverpool celebrity Salah.
“They have got were given a different skill in Pepe,” former Liverpool participant Jamie Redknapp mentioned on Sky Sports activities. “I have been so inspired by way of him. He is been breathtaking. He is were given that blistering tempo that defenders hate.”
“If he carries on like that, he will ranking many targets for Arsenal.”
Unai Emery would possibly have was hoping Pepe may have finished simply that at Anfield, however with the brand new Premier League season simply 3 fits previous, defeat wasn’t slightly so arduous for the Arsenal boss to swallow.
“The primary part used to be perhaps the most efficient probability for us with Pepe, however after their objective it used to be now not simple,” Emery mentioned. “The important thing used to be the second one objective, that penalty used to be very cushy.
“However our response afterwards used to be excellent. We persisted doing our paintings. … I believe some gamers will glance (and assume) that they took any other step right here these days.
“When we completed Three-1 pushing, that’s the spirit we wish.”
This fixture is the highest-scoring within the historical past of the Premier League and has produced some vintage encounters — ahead of Saturday’s conflict, the 2 aspects had clocked up 155 targets and a document six hat tips.
However for Arsenal, there are nonetheless rankings to settle at Anfield — whilst Liverpool stroll on.