Unai Emery, You Got It Wrong - Former Liverpool Star Criticises Arsenal Tactics

Arnold Nichols
December 30, 2018

Whilst a large proportion of Liverpool supporters are getting excited over the prospect of the league title returning to Anfield after 29 years, Klopp was keen to downplay the situation his team find themselves in.

Liverpool have extended their unbeaten record in the English Premier League after humiliating Arsenal 5-1 at Anfiled. "Obviously today it was his day and absolutely OK".

After Liverpool suffered the unexpected setback of Ainsley Maitland-Niles' early score, Brazilian Firmino hit Arsenal with his first two goals.

Manchester City will climb back into second place if it beats Southampton on Sunday, but the gap to the leader would still be seven points ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

Newcastle are also four points above the drop zone after they were denied a vital three points by Abdoulaye Doucoure´s late equaliser for Watford in a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road after Salomon Rondon had opened the scoring.

New Gunners boss Unai Emery has been tasked with steering the north London club back into the Champions League after they finished sixth and without a trophy in Wenger's final campaign at the helm. "We were aware of the Tottenham result ahead of this game, but we can't allow that to affect us".

Liverpool won the match 5-1.

Mane got in on the act just past the half-hour mark, emphatically slamming home after a squared pass from Salah.

Firmino didn't even have to look at the ball when he slotted the equaliser into an empty net after Sokratis' attempted clearance rebounded off Mustafi into his path to quickly level.


With five minutes left, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno sliced the ball into the air.

"We are running a marathon and this is halfway".

"We spoke in the dressing room, it is another experience for us, but from bad experiences you learn".

There was already enough power behind the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah for Klopp to work with.

Liverpool remained dominant after the interval, but Aaron Ramsey did go close to pulling one back - his shot deflecting away from the target, before an offside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comically put over from close range.

Salah gave up the chance to move clear in the race for the Golden Boot when Sead Kolasinac pushed Dejan Lovren 25 minutes from time and Firmino gratefully fired home the penalty much to his manager's delight.

Although Mitrovic scored a late victor that moved Fulham up one place to 18th, Ranieri afterwards expressed his anger at Kamara, who had scored a penalty against Manchester United earlier this season.

"It worked so it was one of the nicest things I ever saw in my life".

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