Liverpool rediscovered flashes of their most vibrant attacking form to repel an Arsenal fightback at a jubilant Anfield on Saturday and leapfrog Arsene Wenger's men into the Premier League top four with a 3-1 win.
Goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool into third place in the Premier League as they completed their double over the Gunners with the sort of elan - especially in the first half - that they had displayed regularly before the New Year.
Wenger was presented with another difficult evening as his decision to leave top scorer Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott on the bench hardly seemed justified amid Liverpool's first-half dominance.
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Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino
Substitutes: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Alexander, Lovren, Origi, Woodburn
Arsenal starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-chamberlain, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud
Substitutes: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez, Lucas
WHAT THEY SAID
Jurgen Klopp: "The last games we played against [Arsenal] were kind of spectacular. Maybe the next one will be similar.
"It's Anfield, our stadium. The last game we played there [vs Tottenham] was fantastic. We want that feeling again."
Arsene Wenger: "For us, this kind of game like Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take. We have to go and take it and not wait for the result.
"The result comes with an attacking attitude and that for me is the most important.
That we go to just start on a positive attitude - for the rest of the season, of course it will have vital consequences."