Calmed down yet? How many times have you watched those goals? How many times do you plan on watching highlights tomorrow, or throughout the week? In what could have easily been a frustrating and nerve-wracking Sunday match up, Liverpool easily dispatched Arsenal when the Gunners came to visit, sending them home with no points and four less goals. What a match and what a show of Liverpool’s potential. When they are on, they are well and truly on, and no one knows better than captain Jordan Henderson.
“As the games have gone on, we’ve got better and better. The fitness levels have been brilliant and a lot of that is down to pre-season,” Henderson said following today’s match. “I thought we did very well. Arsenal had periods with the ball but I always felt we were pretty solid and defended well as a team.”
While the attacking forces of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Mohamed Salah proved the most devastating - with each player getting a goal - it was the midfield led by Henderson that really proved the difference. Their ability to keep possession in the middle of the park today was outstanding, with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum acting as crucial lieutenants to Henderson.
“On the break we were devastating. We are delighted with the performance. I felt we controlled the game everywhere, we were brilliant and worked so hard,” he continued. All three midfielders were influential in pushing the counterattacks that led to at least two of the goals and it showed in every minute of the game.
Manager Jürgen Klopp couldn’t hold back his praise for the squad either, particularly considering the quick turnaround following their match against Hoffenheim earlier in the week.
“We need to learn we can do things like this on three or four days. We wanted to show it today and prove it ourselves and be spot on from the first second. We wanted to show our ambitions against a very strong side. The performance was perfect and the result is the result of the performance,” Klopp said.
“We were very good, and so far we have learned from each game and built on it. It was even better than against Hoffenheim, but it was already very good. There was pressure on the boys and we wanted to show our desire to do something special and the boys did very well.”
You can say that again, guys.