Klopp on an ‘explosion of goals’

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 11:51

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he is ‘satisfied’ with a ‘deserved’ point after their 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring at Anfield before Aaron Ramsey shortly equalised, with the Brazilian then restoring Liverpool’s lead with a fine strike.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud looked to have secured the win for Arsenal, but a late goal from Joe Allen – his first of the season – rescued a point for the Reds.

After the game, Klopp said Liverpool gifted their opponents ‘easy goals’, but was happy with his side’s response.

“For 60, 70% of the game we played really well. The players created opportunities but they got two easy goals,” he told BT Sport.

“The first from a set play. For the second, Olivier Giroud is on the ground and we are more influenced by this than Arsenal.

“The third goal, we lose the ball too easily,” he added.

“At the end we made a real good game and needed luck to make the draw and I think we deserved it.

“We can be satisfied against Arsenal, a point is OK. A few situations in the game today I thought ‘we have to win’ but then I saw that we could lose.”

Klopp, who says his players were suffering from tiredness in the latter stages of the game, reserved special praise for midfielder Firmino, who netted his first double in English football.

“It’s like a battery, at the beginning you play well, and it goes down as the game goes on,” the German boss added.

“It’s an explosion of goals but at the final whistle you cannot ignore that there were a few things that were not so good.

“You have to speak about Roberto Firmino and both his goals were brilliant and he played, for the whole time, really good.”

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