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What a way to cap off 2018 eh Reds?!

Closing out the year with a match against their rivals was thought to be a tough task but Klopp blitzed Unai Emery's side with victory which served as a flawless closing to 2018.

The Gunners took the lead after only 11 minutes as Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored from Alex Iwobi's cross.

Let's crack into the game.

At Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino blamed Tottenham's congested Christmas fixture schedule for their 3-1 collapse against Wolves.

"The same applied in my first season when I answered this question, 10 or 20 times, when people wondered about this guy, with what he believes, coming here and playing this way in England". A useful outlet thereafter, Salah bamboozled Arsenal's defence on a couple of occasions and his understanding with Mane and the excellent Roberto Firmino contributed to an impressive win.

The former Stoke City man is also known for his unselfish attitude which has helped him create some goals for his teammates.

"It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team and crowd".

The Dutchman was imperious throughout, winning duels, making interceptions and exhibiting incredible strength and hold up play to body off the likes of Ramsey and Lucas Torreira - whose only "highlight" for the match was being left on the floor as Firmino scored his second - constantly.

Mohamed Salah has once again been a leading light for Liverpool while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is similarly important to Arsenal's cause this season.

But the response from the capacity Anfield crowd suggests it will be hard for the manager to temper expectations among them of a first Liverpool title in 29 years.

Unai Emery has been widely credited for implementing a greater sense of resilience and determination in his new Arsenal side this term. Would they wilt under the pressure or would this just fire them up more?

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Before then City head to Southampton on Sunday needing to get themselves back on track, having slipped to third place behind Tottenham in the table.

The Frenchman ignored Ranieri´s orders to let Mitrovic take a late penalty with the scores still tied a 0-0 and saw his effort saved by Jonas Lossl.

The Liverpool fans are most certainly ecstatic. Just see it [the result] and then go on.

Defeating the Reds, as they know, won't be an easy task because Liverpool are very strong at the end of the pitch and are yet to concede more than seven goals so far this season.

As was seen in Arsenal's demolition at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday, that lack of consistency which blighted the twilight years of Wenger's tenure still exists in the Gunners' ranks.

And the Spaniard summed up the ferocity of Liverpool's first-half fightback at Anfield in a pair of simple but emphatic Tweets.

Guardiola insists his side are ready for the challenge of chasing down Liverpool.

"Who would have expected Man City to get zero points against Crystal Palace and Leicester?" 12 points to City's 1.

Emery's side displayed plenty of quality and resolve to come back from 1-2 down at half time to secure a monumental win in the Spaniard's first north London derby, but it was not a performance that would have been uncharacteristic of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

"You can throw in the special Champions League nights we've had here as well".

Come on you Redmen!

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