Liverpool made an impressive, winning return to action with a 3-0 defeat of Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.
Having been on the front foot during a goalless first half in north London, Jürgen Klopp’s side turned the screw following the interval and secured maximum points as Diogo Jota’s double from the bench sandwiched a goal by Mohamed Salah.
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Liverpool picked up right where they had left off after 19 days without a game to chalk up three victories, and three clean sheets, in a row.
It was an authoritative and confident display from the first kick and one packed with a raft of excellent individual performances from Klopp’s men.
The Reds racked up 16 shots on goal (seven on target) to the hosts’ three and enjoyed 64.2 per cent possession at the home of a side on a four-game unbeaten run in the league.
“We were really in charge of the game, were dominant, played good football against the line-up of Arsenal with all this counter-attacking threat,” said Klopp.
“What was the most important thing in defending was how our counter-pressing was, and that was absolutely exceptional and it was very important.
“So, we took that quality away with the counter-press, didn’t use our chances obviously [in the] first half but we knew we have to keep going, we have to do a few little things even better in the second half [which] we tried to show the boys in half-time.”
The result ensured the positivity generated by the previous wins over RB Leipzig and Wolverhampton Wanderers was not lost to the unusually lengthy gap in the fixture schedule.
Jota’s instant impact
Portugal forward Jota, fresh from three goals on international duty, had only been on the pitch at the Emirates for three minutes when he unlocked the match for his team.
With Liverpool still seeking to translate their dominance onto the scoresheet, the No.20 met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fierce delivery from the right-hand side with a header powerful enough to elude the grasp of Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.