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

Ruben Holloway
December 31, 2018

Manchester City could cut Liverpool´s lead to seven points when they look to stop a recent slump at Southampton on Sunday, but ahead of their trip to the Etihad on January 3, Jurgen Klopp´s men now look well on course to deliver a first league title since 1989/90.

A television camera operator films as Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino celebrates following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on December 29, 2018.

The second of the treble was the high watermark of the game, however, as Firmino danced through a succession of tackles at speed and produced a composed slot beyond Bernd Leno.

Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League hat trick as Liverpool rallied to a 5-1 win over Arsenal to open a nine-point lead at the top of the standings on Saturday.

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The second goal was outstanding, and it started with brilliant defending when Sadio [Mané] won the ball, for Bobby [Firmino] to go through the Arsenal backline. "So far, the gesture of the season - really, really nice". "When we went to City previous year, do you think I had the table in the dressing room and said, 'We are fourth, they are first?'" he said. I've been told it's the best they've had since the late 1970s, which is just incredible when you think of the team Liverpool had back then, and it's just the control in games they have.

"It is a supporters and journalists' game [talking about the points gap at the top] - and that's absolutely OK, play it", he said.

The host has a shocked look on his face as Wright comes back to his seat.

His teammates wanted Mitrovic to take the penalty but Kamara refused, disobeying the orders of Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, only to look deeply embarrassed seconds later when his effort was saved by Jonas Lossl.

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But after a slow start, Salah, Firmino and Mane are beginning to show the form they did last season in smashing a combined 91 goals.

They've had to get used to Klopp and I think they didn't have the personnel to follow things through in the first two years. During those game weeks, Liverpool have defeated Newcastle 4-0, Wolves 2-0, Bournemouth 4-0 and Brighton 1-0.

With a crunch clash against Liverpool coming up at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, Pep Guardiola's men can ill afford to drop more points as they travel to St Mary's on Sunday.

"Those are the kind of things that stand you in good stead with your team-mates".

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