Liverpool Manager: I Celebrated Too Soon Against Arsenal


Jurgen Klopp feared he had celebrated too soon as he watched Liverpool withstand a late Arsenal fightback to seal a thrilling 4-3 Premier League win at Emirates Stadium.

Klopp’s men began their top-flight campaign in style and, following a stunning free-kick to equalise in first-half stoppage time from Philippe Coutinho, they were 4-1 up 18 minutes into the second half.

Adam Lallana, Coutinho and debutant Sadio Mane were all on target during a blistering spell of attacking football for the visitors before Arsenal substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and centre-back Calum Chambers set up a grandstand finish.

Klopp charged down the touchline to revel in Mane’s magnificent 63rd-minute goal and, by the time he realised he might be expressing premature joy, it was too late.

“I have a big part of the excitement of the last half an hour because it’s not allowed to celebrate a fourth goal when there’s still 30 mins to go,” he told Sky Sports.

“I knew it in the moment [I shouldn’t celebrate] but it was too late, I had Sadio on my back!

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“The game is not over unfortunately, and Arsenal were not in a good way but we gave them the path [back into the match] again. In the end, I think over 90 mins [the win] is deserved.”

Theo Walcott missed a penalty shortly before putting Arsenal in front  in the 31st minute – both incidents providing moments to forget for Liverpool’s under-pressure left-back Alberto Moreno – but Klopp was pleased by the way his side showed resilience under pressure to find a response.

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