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Klopp hails Liverpool’s ‘sensational pedigree’ after impressive Arsenal win

Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on his Liverpool side after their impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal today at Anfield.

Liverpool flew out of the blocks and it looked like Arsenal’s insistence on playing out from the back would play into the home sides hands.

However, the Gunners gradually began to gain a foothold in the game, with their two-pronged attack of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking dangerous on the counter.

Arsenal’s record signing Pepe looked particularly impressive, although the Ivory Coast international missed his sides best chance, shooting tamely, straight at Adrian when clean through on goal.

The Gunners would live to rue that missed chance, when Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip rose highest from a corner to power home a header and send his side in at the break 1-0 up.

Liverpool started brightly after the break and the contest seemed over just a few minutes into the second period when Mohamed Salah smashed home a penalty, after the Egyptian attacker was tugged back in the box by David Luiz.

Salah would then score a superb individual goal, with the gulf in class between the sides becoming evident the longer the game went on.

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Arsenal’s players, to be fair, worked hard throughout and they were rewarded with a late Lucas Torreira consolation goal.

Speaking after the game Klopp was delighted with the intensity and quality of his side’s display.

“We had enough bodies and legs to put them under pressure. We had the full-backs really high. The boys did what we wanted them to do and scored wonderful goals,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“The decision about the penalty I think was absolutely obvious. Mo’s third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational. Our identity is intensity, and we showed that today.

“What we did really well in the first four games we did today longer and more precise. People talk that our defending is this or that – most of the time it has nothing to do with the last line but how we react in certain situations.”

On not keeping a clean sheet: “I would have loved to have it, but things can happen. They’re a quality side, Arsenal. I didn’t see that many chances, but we were really in charge today and completely deserved the win.”

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