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Jota inspires Liverpool’s emphatic win over Arsenal

Diogo Jota produced a Man-of-the-Match performance on Saturday night as he inspired Liverpool to an emphatic 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Portuguese international has been in tremendous form since his return from injury and was in no mood to let the Gunners off the hook as he opening scoring just after four minutes of coming on as a substitute.

The first half ended goalless but with Liverpool buzzing it was hell for the Gunners inside their own stadium. Mohamed Salah followed up Jota’s opener with a second goal.

With Arsenal still pushing hard to make a way into the match. Jota killed any form of resistance as he finished of a beautiful team move to make it 3-0 and hand the Reds one of their away margin against Mikel Arteta’s men.

Below is Jota’s post match interview with Liverpool’s official website.

On the importance of the performance and result in the race for the top four…

Very important. I said after the last game, to think about higher spots in the table we need to do our job [which] is to win every single game until the end. If we do that I think we have a chance to be there… I think if we do our job we have a high chance to be there because it is very hard to win in the Premier League. Today we did our job, let’s go to the next one.

On his prowess in the air…

Sometimes you go a long time without certain types of goals, but the most important thing is that I was there to make a difference and that’s what I want to do always.

On Alexander-Arnold’s delivery for his first goal…

Unreal! I think, not just him, we have very good crossers in the team. We need to take advantage of that. Today it worked and I hope it can work in the future as well. Everything [made the delivery excellent]. I just timed my run so it made it a lot easier for me to finish.

On his impact from the bench…

It doesn’t matter if you start in the starting XI or on the bench, you need to be ready to make an impact. That’s what I did today and that’s what I want to do always.

On the team’s all-round display…

To be honest I was expecting a bit more possession from Arsenal, they usually do that. But that showed that we pressed really well, we didn’t allow them to have that possession and in the end we controlled the game with the ball and with the goal.

On the feeling heading into Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid…

It’s really important. It’s another clean sheet, [which] is really important as well. Everyone is working hard and well and now we have that hard game against Real and we want to do that as well.

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