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TAW contributors with talking points straight from the ground after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Lessons Learnt

Great win. Decision making the main difference from Saturday. Reckon they’ve watched 100 videos from Monday. @johngibbonsblog

Lallana Love

Adam Lallana isn’t human, is he? He ran more than I’ve ever seen anyone run in a game of footy. Looked like he was gonna die and then had the composure to not play Divock Origi the ball when he was offside and then play a peach of a ball. He was incredible. @PhilBlundell

Lallana was so intelligent on that third, held it, held it, then played the killer ball. And no one deserved that goal more than Gini. Absolute Trojan. @robbohuyton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the 3-1 victory with Adam Lallana after the FA Premier League match against Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Tank

You see why Jürgen Klopp wanted someone like Gini Wijnaldum in centre mid rather than a Joe Allen — so strong, lost count of how many times he out-muscled the opposition. @C_Hannan7

Oh Mane, Mane

Sadio Mane is a great lad. Would love to go ten-pin bowling with him. @johngibbonsblog

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reliant Ragnar

Ragnar Klavan was excellent. @johngibbonsblog

The Klavan-Lucas Leiva thing is a bit mad, isn’t it? One of them plays, looks good, does something daft and then the other one gets back in before the man made of crisps gets back in. Then he gets injured and we repeat the process until the man made of crisps is back. @PhilBlundell

Sign Sanchez

We should throw everything we’ve got at signing Alexis Sanchez from them in the summer. @paul7cope

Me and Neil were talking at length about the extent to which Sanchez should play for Liverpool. @johngibbonsblog

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez looks dejected during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lower Main Limbs

The reaction to the third goal was boss, barely anybody had spoke in the Lower Main until that point, everybody went mad. Up the Reds. @jsexton24

Average Arsenal

Didn’t think we hit the heights of the Spurs game today but Arsenal were poor. Tried to set up like others have successfully against us but don’t have it in them to play like that. Saying that, we looked more assured for long spells than I’ve seen us before and limited them to two real shots. Emre Can should be knighted for his tackle on Sanchez. Gini should have a statue outside The Kop. @paul7cope

Arsenal are proper shite. That was not that stressful. I thought Mane and Wijnaldum were immense. The run starts here (again). @RobGutmann

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger looks on as Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the third goal during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reaction

Boss reaction from everyone — they wanted that, they care, you could see it. We slaughter these lads all the time but ultimately they’re human like us — it’s hurt us that the title looked on and now it isn’t, it’s hurt us to be out the cups. It’s hurt them as well. The manager, the players, everyone. I think you’ve seen that — confidence has been brittle, motivation has been low. It’s hard to suddenly realign sights that were set at the very top. But that will help big time with doing just that. Second, third, fourth — all are a big improvement in loads of the seasons we’ve watched recently. So let’s seize that chance — finish as high as we can, stop feeling sorry for ourselves, create some feel good. And fucking beat Burnley FFS! @robbohuyton

Thought we were excellent again, that being said I thought we were at Spurs.

Can’t go up against Burnley next and fail. We need to use these big results as a catalyst to push on. Our record against the top sides shows how good this team is, but we need to use the next 10 games to prove that. No Champions League would be a massive failure for a side of this one’s ability.

Hugely important now that any opportunities that present themselves we pounce upon, to ensure we get automatic qualification, with the likelihood that Manchester United win the Europa League.

Thought we were typically excellent today as we have been against most of the top sides, just hope that’s the end of the madness. @PaulSenior1

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