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Liverpool boss Klopp: Silencing Martinelli with Hendo key to victory over Arsenal

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says taking Gabriel Martinelli out of the game was key to victory over Arsenal last night.

Klopp highlighted the work of Jordan Henderson off the ball to help keep the Brazilian striker quiet.

Reflecting on a 17th clean sheet of the season, he said: "That's a clear agreement of us, a clear agreement. We had to readjust it, to be honest, in early January. We have to agree on defence first because otherwise you are like any team, you win or you lose, you win or you lose.

"Today we win 2-0 but we had games we won 1-0 and we wouldn't have won these games if we are not defensively spot on. The last line in general was incredible today. Ali saved us again, but what the two full-backs did was absolutely insane.

"I said it already before, but if one of you thinks still that Trent cannot defend then I'm sorry, you have no idea about football. Everybody who says that, it is just madness.

"To play against Martinelli, what Hendo did running like 50 times to that side because in the second half we defended better and the only real option they had was to play the diagonal balls to Martinelli. Then you have these one-on-one situations constantly. These situations were the winner today; yes, we needed still to score goals, but that we defended them in these situations was essential."


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