Unai Emery explains Mesut Ozil absence for Arsenal at Liverpool FC

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal celebrates scoring in the Premier League game between Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield, Liverpool.

It meant all three of the Liverpool forward line had scored, after an opening Roberto Firmino brace, and a Sadio Mane tuck-away that had been deftly assisted by Salah.

Said Klopp: "We knew in the second half that the game wasn't finished, so we wanted to control it".

That confidence could have been shaken when after a bright Liverpool start, it was Arsenal who led when Iwobi's teasing cross perfectly dissected Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, to leave Maitland-Niles with an open goal.

"Obviously everyone came around us and it looked like we were fighting or something but we weren't".

"When I saw him then celebrating with Bobby, that was then like "wow".

"Sometimes I change [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, sometimes I change [Alexandre] Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo [Guendouzi] - it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn't give us the result on the pitch".

Emery said, via the Daily Star: "Defensively we need to be stronger. That's what I definitely do".

Second-placed Tottenham had already blinked first before this match kicked off, losing 3-1 at home to Wolves, and City, now 10 points adrift, can not afford to do the same at Southampton on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp's side arriving on Thursday.

"At the beginning of the season, people were saying they [the front three] didn't click". That's the only goal that we have. It's scary, good players, and I'm happy to see that.

Third-placed Manchester City have the chance to cut their 10-point deficit with a win at Southampton on Sunday before they host Klopp's side on Thursday in a game they arguably have to win.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League's final fixtures of 2018.

"In our case, by the way, tomorrow it (the gap) will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four". "I think VAR is important - it's coming next year, because I think it's going to help the referees to take better decisions".

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