Liverpool comprehensively outplayed Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday,
booking a place in the League Cup final in the process.
Diogo Jota made light of the absence of Liverpool big-hitters Sadio Mane and Mo
Salah in a man-of-the-match performance at the Emirates Stadium, scoring both
goals and giving Takehiro Tomiyasu a torrid time on the right of the Gunners defense
from the first whistle to last to see the Reds into next month’s Carabao Cup final.
The brace took him to 14 goals in a Liverpool shirt this season from only 22 starts
in all competitions, and left head coach Klopp regaling the talents of a player whose
£41m price tag drew some scorn when he first joined the club less than two years ago.
“We were completely convinced when he arrived he’d help us massively,” he told Sky
Sports. “There are so many things before you sign a player, nowadays you can watch
100 games, we were really confident but since he’s been here he’s made another step.
He’s turned into a world-class striker, and that’s really helpful for us.
“We scored two wonderful goals, Jota was on fire, but the passes too. I don’t think a
lot of people in the stadium saw Diogo in that position for the second goal, but Trent
did which was helpful and he finished it off – absolutely outstanding.
“We’re over the moon. It’s a difficult game, a difficult time generally, we just have to
get through it. We try everything we can, and what the boys did tonight against a
really strong Arsenal side was really exceptional.