Jurgen Klopp couldn’t contain his happiness as his Liverpool side showed Arsenal just how far they still have to go.
I don’t think any Arsenal fan is under any illusion about how much work there remains to do at the club.
Even though Mikel Arteta has managed to beat Jurgen Klopp twice so far in his short tenure as Arsenal manager, most sensible Arsenal fans knew that the Liverpool we would face on Monday night would be a completely different animal to the one we played in the other two games.
So it turned out.
Liverpool played what most are saying was the best half and hour of football this season from any side and Arsenal should probably be credited for holding out as long as they did.
There were 43 points between the sides just a few months ago.
What we saw at Anfield was a reminder of that.
“It was good,” Klopp said after the final whistle. “It was a really good game, I loved pretty much each second.
“I didn’t like the goal we conceded but the reaction afterwards immediately, I liked a lot.
“Against a top team in form playing like we did tonight is something, to be honest. It doesn’t help us for Thursday or help us for Sunday, but for tonight it was quite good, I have to say.
“I really liked it: we were dominant, we played football, we were difficult to defend, the counter-press was top, attitude was great and played some really good stuff. Arsenal had not too many, but some, chances because they have real quality.
“I think most of the moments they had were offside, so good defending, but Ali made a save anyway. It was all good, a really good performance.”
While Arsenal deserved to lose, had Alexandre Lacazette found a bit more composure in front of goal, he could have quite easily scored a hattrick.
Alas, all three of Arsenal’s biggest chances fell to the Frenchman who was only able to convert one of them, and that was with a little luck.
“Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2, and then again put us in a really strong position, but he had a great game,” Arteta said about Lacazette after the game.
“He put in another incredible performance and I’m pleased with him.”
The Italians thought he was too expensive.