Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed Mohamed Salah’s selfless gesture in letting Roberto Firmino take their second penalty nearly left him in tears
Despite going a goal down early on at Anfield, Liverpool completely outclassed Arsenal to seal a 5-1 victory on Saturday and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points.
Firmino scored two early goals to put Liverpool in the lead, following Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s opener for Arsenal, before Sadio Mane added another.
Salah then got on the scoresheet with a penalty in the dying moments of the first half and could have scored a second penalty when Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac pushed Dejan Lovren.
Instead, the Egyptian superstar selflessly gave up the spot-kick for Firmino to complete his first Premier League hat-trick.
“We knew in the second half that the game wasn’t finished, so we wanted to control it,” Klopp told BBC on Twitter.
“Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby [Firmino] and I almost cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals. It was really nice.”
The German coach was also proud of how his side responded after going a goal down in the 11th-minute to Arsenal.
“The response [to going behind] was world class,” added Klopp. “We stayed calm and really forced the mistakes.
“Firmino’s second when Sadio [Mane] won the ball – wow. It was perfect defending.”
The Reds will next take on Manchester City on January 3 at the Etihad Stadium.
How Mohamed Salah almost brought Jurgen Klopp to tears. pic.twitter.com/hkuwbzxtGt
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 29, 2018