Liverpool secured a crucial 3-1 win over Arsenal in the battle for a place in the Premier League’s top four at Anfield on Saturday (4/03/17).
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum netted to put Liverpool into third place in the Premier League table. Welbeck salvaged a goal for Arsenal in the 57th minute.
According to Reuters, Wenger faced a hurdle as his decision to leave top scorer Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott on the bench hardly seemed justified amid Liverpool’s first-half dominance.
Liverpool moved up to third, level with Manchester City on 52 points – but Arsenal are now in fifth trailing that pair by two points.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that the match was one of the best games they have played so far because of the strength of Arsenal.
“We did really well. We had hard words after the defeat at Leicester. We analysed it and that wasn’t enjoyable.
“We had another opportunity and we took it today. It’s the rollercoaster of the Premier League.
“All of them played a fantastic game. When we are compact it’s fantastic. Adam Lallana can come out of the formation and trigger something. Being compact and stable is the basis of each good display.
“We knew Arsenal would bounce back in the second half. Alexis Sanchez is the highest quality player and plays different to Danny Welbeck. Simon Mignolet saved our lives.
“It’s important to go back to fourth above Arsenal. We really felt bad last week, we needed a few days to understand what happened.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger indicated that the performance of his team was not at the level he expected.
“Our performance was not at the level we expect in the first half but that is down to a lack of rhythm, we have not played for a while,” said Wenger.
“The collective response was very strong in the second half,” he added.
The Gunners find themselves outside the Premier League top four for the first time since 13 January.