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Klopp hails Liverpool’s counter-pressing against Arsenal.

  • Jota came off the bench to break the deadlock at the Emirates.

  • Klopp’s boys put in a brilliant display as they dominated most of the game.

Jurgen Klopp was pleased his Red’s counter-pressing was at the highest level when they took on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.

The Merseyside club beat the Gunners 3-0, thanks to Diogo Jota’s brace and a close-range strike from Mohamed Salah.

Klopp’s boys dominated for over an hour before Jota, who came on in the 61st minute broke the deadlock three minutes later as the Portuguese nodded the fantastic cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold to put the away side ahead.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah calmly slotted home through the legs of goalkeeper Bernd Leno to make it 2-0, with Jota scoring home his second goal eight minutes from stoppage time.

“Very good. A top, top game. Our counter-pressing was at the highest level which is very important,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the victory in north London.

“In general, the defending from the whole team looked exactly as it should. I'm really happy with the whole performance and more so the three points.

“It is the first time in the season - Neco Williams came back and had a slight knock - but apart from the long-term injuries, all the boys involved tonight were fit and in really good shape. We could have lined up with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, or Naby Keita or Xherdan Shaqiri is in really good shape, so these kinds of things, it is the first time we have had that. Hopefully that will help us.”

The German added: “We are slightly used to [not scoring early on]. It is our year if you like - we have not scored with our first chances. [James Milner] didn't score with a sitter pretty much. He thought the same! We have to work hard and try more often and all these kinds of things. Obviously we brought on Diogo [Jota] who is in very good shape. He stretched things. He played lots for Portugal that is why he didn't start.

“Then we scored these wonderful goals and Trent Alexander-Arnold showed his class, again. I don't want to make another discussion about Trent or stuff like that. I said it was Gareth [Southgate's] decision. He is blessed with the choice he has in that position especially but Trent is in a good shape. If somebody says he is not then I have to say he is wrong, that is all. I am not responsible for his decisions.

“We don't look at Chelsea or West Ham or whatever because we have to win our games but in our situation, other teams need to lose because we don't play Chelsea again or Leicester and all these things. We have to keep working and that's what we do. It's a nice time.

“Tonight the package was extremely good and that's what you need. You defend up front and deep as well. We got space for the counter-attack and everything. It was really good.”

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