'Top sides, when they get beat 5-1, they are hurt,' stated Steven Gerrard on the official Liverpool website, clearly wary about taking on a beaten dog who could potentially bite back when the Reds take on Arsenal once again on Sunday, February 16 in the FA Cup.
Liverpool not only beat Arsenal, but annihilated them. The Anfield side were faster, played with greater precision in the pass and were lethal in front of goal. The Gunners did not even know what hit them and were 4-0 down, defeated, within the first 20 minutes.
There have been questions over whether there will be a repeat performance of that Premier League classic, competed on February 8, but Gerrard has attempted to calm expectation, claiming Arsenal have bounced-back already by denying Manchester United a goal during their midweek match.
'They have just battled to a 0-0 draw against Manchester United so they have showed they have defended quite well in the game. We're expecting a tight game at the Emirates and I think the 5-1 game will have no bearing on this game coming. We're expecting a really tough game.
'It's a break from the league and we'll go there and give it everything we've got because we want a good cup run.'
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