Jurgen Klopp hails players for improved second half display

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The Anfield club have been the embodiment of attacking flamboyance under their German manager, particularly this season with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane making up their frightening front-four.

"After the second goal, the heads went down but you are still professional".

What was telling, however, was the hosts did not have to work that hard to score four times - including two in as many minutes - after the break.

Klopp has been heavily criticised this season after Liverpool's leaky defence has cost the Reds important results on a number of occasions.

And the Liverpool manger has made the surprising assertion that his side are defensive.

'As long as they do it, we can line up quite offensive player-wise. "There is nobody on the pitch who is not involved in defending", the German added.

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"We had to defend the situations much better, we had to be more compact". I'm really happy with what we learned from the game.

"If you're making basic errors that you'd expect to see in academy football against Liverpool and the quality they've got then they're going to punish you", he said.

"So I asked if that was an order for him to be in the line-up and she said yes".

A late Solanke volley, which was nearly identical to Firmino's first, would have been an extra piece of icing on what remained of the Christmas cake, but the young striker will have been pleased with his late cameo nevertheless, just as Liverpool will be very satisfied with their overall display as they extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Mignolet, who has had an error-prone career at Anfield and been dropped several times by Klopp, handed Arsenal their equaliser on Friday when he disastrously flapped at Granit Xhaka's 30-yard shot.

'He never conceded a goal like that so we don't have to make a big deal of it.

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