Disgruntled by his club’s poor display against The Gunners, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his side “have to learn” after the champions’ hopes of putting up a new EPL points record ended as they squandered the opportunity against Arsenal to incur their rare (third) defeat of the season.
Klopp’s side which will receive the trophy after their home game with Chelsea next week had to win all of their remaining games to surpass the tally of 100 points set by The Citizens two seasons ago. The feat looked achievable when Sadio Mane provided Reds with the lead after 20 min of play after converting Andrew Robertson’s cross.
Arsenal however, were allowed a returned into the game before the halftime as Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson came up with goals. Liverpool attempted multiple attacks at Arsenal’s goal but Mikel Arteta’s blokes rose up to the occasion and shattered the Reds hopes with strong defense and resilience to secure a composed finish. The Gunners with closing out the win over current champions may have found a real morale boost ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final versus Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Wembley.
“We have to learn from it, 100 percent. We have had sloppy moments before and not been punished for it but this is good because we have to learn from it. Credit to Arsenal for being there and using it, “Klopp said. I can’t make something negative from something so positive, we get the points we deserve and we will see how many that will be. These boys played an exceptional season, nobody can take that away from them.
“I am disappointed and angry about a few things but the game was good the attitude was good, but we took a break and that is why we lost the game. That is football, someone is surprised these boys are human begins – I am not. From time to time they are not perfect.”
Meanwhile, The Gunners after consistently struggling on defense which they also repeated in the north London derby loss to Tottenham on Sunday find a way to dig deep and defended well after the interval as they escaped their defensive frailties. The Reds has almost all the possession in Arsenal’s half for most part of second-half and the rearguard of the latter had to do some real work to defend in the siege. The Stellar campaign by the Klopp’s squad eventually came short to eclipse the tally of 100 points as Man of the match Emiliano Martinez registered 8 saves to conclude the first league win (2-1) over Liverpool.