Our identity is intensity, says Liverpool boss

Sports | AGENCIES 26 Aug 2019

Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's intensity as they took control at the top of the English Premier League with their third consecutive win of the campaign, 3-1 at home to Arsenal.

After wins over Norwich City and Southampton, the European champions needed to step up their game for the visit of Unai Emery's Gunners who were also unbeaten - and that is exactly what they did.

"It was a brilliant game from my side so early in the season," said Liverpool manager Klopp. "It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which you need to have against a team like Arsenal.

"We are still really early in the season and throwing such energy on the pitch is exceptional. The work rate of the whole team was exceptional," he added.

Although Liverpool eased off in the latter stages and allowed Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira to score a consolation goal, Klopp was still well satisfied with what he witnessed. "For 80 minutes we were completely in charge of the game. We are not Disneyland, we do not need to excite everyone in every second," said the German.

Mohamed Salah was the decisive figure, turning David Luiz to gain a penalty which he blasted home in the 49th minute and then beating the former Chelsea defender out wide before scoring an outstanding solo goal. Joel Matip scored Liverpool's opener.

"Mo's third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational. Our identity is intensity, and we showed that," said Klopp, who also had praise for Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Fabinho.

?Hat-trick hero Robert Lewandowski hailed the strength of Bayern Munich's squad after a 3-0 victory over Schalke, as new signing Philippe Coutinho made his Bundesliga debut for the German giants.

?Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid in their first home game of the La Liga season, Sergie Guardiola's 88th-minute strike for the visitors canceling out a goal scored by Karim Benzema just six minutes earlier.

?Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal of the Italian Serie A season as the champions won 1-0 at Parma.

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