Jurgen Klopp couldn't wipe the grin off his face after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Arsenal secured their place in the FA Cup final for the second time in his tenure in a post match press conference at Anfield.
The Liverpool boss had nothing but praises for Arsenal’s Brazilian forward Martinelli.
Klopp said he everyone should remember the name of Martinelli.
”Martinelli, by the way, everyone should remember that name. He’s an outstanding player”. This level of praise shows how good Martinelli is.
Gabriel Martinelli once again impressed Jurgen Klopp with his performance.
He was very instrumental in the match but fortunately for Klopp, the Reds were devastatingly sharp and terrifyingly clinical against the north Londoners.
Arsenal had only won one of their previous 18 meetings with the 'Reds' in all competitions, and they will be frustrated not to have generated more chances in the game, which concluded in a rather pleasant night for the visitors.
Mikel Arteta's side started brightly and appeared the more likely to score first, with Gabrielle Martinelli posing a threat down the left, before Alexandre Lacazette's free-kick was saved by Caoimhn Kelleher.
The yellow-clad side, though, would strike first, despite Jol Matip's side-footed effort being called out for offside.
Diogo Jota, on the other hand, was unstoppable moments later, as he scored his fourth goal in as many games against the London side, after some deft footwork allowed him to float past Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Arsenal had not scored in their previous four meetings with Liverpool, and the remainder of the first half offered little promise of improving that unfavorable record,.
Though Fabinho's last-ditch challenge, following more Martinelli magic, prevented a certain goal before halftime.
The second half began with a flurry of action, with Lacazette squandering a fantastic opportunity to draw his team level, before Kaide Gordon blazed an even more gilt-edged chance over the bar at the opposite end.
With the game becoming increasingly stretched, Liverpool struck the woodwork with Ibrahima Konaté's header, and the away side squandered further chances to put the game out of reach.
After a brilliant crossfield pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold found Jota, the attacker made no mistake with his dinked finish to push Liverpool to the verge of cup triumph.
To add insult to injury, Arsenal's Thomas Partey was sent off with minutes remaining as the players yelled their emotions.
Meanwhile, Liverpool has advanced to their second League Cup final under Jürgen Klopp, though they will be hoping for better fortune this time after losing to Manchester City on penalties in 2016.
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