Klopp gives a marathon analogy following Humiliating 5-1 win

Football-29 December 2018 23:59 GMT

Liverpool crushed Arsenal 5-1 in a comeback win with Roberto Firmino bagging a hat-trick with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet after the opener from Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:  “Before the game, we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” said Klopp.

“I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it (the result) and then go on.

“In the moment it feels like a marathon what we are running. Before the marathon: the weather is brilliant, new trainers, new shirt, new everything.

“The people say, ‘You will win today’ but first I have to run. The people all around us are buzzing and one guy has to run. We have to run. That’s what we try as good as possible.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery praised Liverpool after the loss: “After our goal, they pushed and when they push here they play with determination,” Arsenal boss Emery said.

“This is a difficult moment for us, it was a bad experience for us.

“But from a bad experience, you must learn. Two penalties were a lot for us to take. VAR will help referees to make better decisions.”

Asked what he thought of the award of two spot-kicks he added: “It wouldn’t change the score, Liverpool deservedly won.”

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