Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Why Klopp 'Nearly Cried' During Liverpool's 5-1 Thumping Of Arsenal

Why Klopp 'Nearly Cried' During Liverpool's 5-1 Thumping Of Arsenal

Manchester City now trail the pacesetters by 10 points and, even if they reduce that lead to seven with victory at Southampton on Sunday, the champions need to end Liverpool's invincible season so far when the sides meet on Friday morning (Singapore time) at the Etihad to get back in the title race. Liverpool has bagged 54 points from 20 matches, while Arsenal has earned 38 points.

"I said to Aboubakar Kamara to leave the ball to Aleksandar Mitrovic, he is the man who shoots the penalties".

But enough about that, we march on to the player ratings.

"I'm not the smartest person in the world but I'm really not an idiot - not always, at least". It's not important how many points you are ahead in December.

But far from looking simply to qualify for the Champions League, Willian does not think Liverpool's lead at the top of the table is unassailable.

He insists knowing the Tottenham result before they kicked off at Anfield made no difference. In the second half we needed to stand up, to keep our position individually and collectively on the game. I didn't see a smile in any faces in the dressing room.

"Now we have quite a distance between that, but do I feel that's already done? No".

"Before the marathon, the weather is brilliant, new trainers, new shirt, everything brilliant and the people say, 'You will win today!' But first you have to run. We are the guys and we have to run, so that's what we try as good as possible".

"The fans think we are in good shape and it would be insane if they didn't think we are not in a good moment, absolutely insane".

Liverpool had trailed at home in the league for the first time in a day short of a year when Ainsley Maitland-Niles turned home Alex Iwobi's excellent cross after 11 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp's side opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a resounding 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday - a triumph that came after second-placed Tottenham were stunned 3-1 at home by Wolves.

"In the moment, I was not too happy because in training Bobby doesn't finish with penalties too often, to be honest".

"I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals", said Klopp, who described the gesture as "one of the nicest things I have seen in my life". I don't know a lot of players who would do that.

The visit of Unai Emery's men was seen as a potentially troublesome fixture, but the Reds made light work of them, with all of their revered front three finding the net in a devastating performance. Apart from capitalizing on early sloppy play, Arsenal got rocked by five unanswered goals. We didn't kill the match so for us it is hard to defend in the box.

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