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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta’s sideline argument was key to the Reds securing a 4-0 win against Arsenal.

Speaking to Match of the Day via This is Anfield, the 26-year-old ace said it was hard to not pay attention to the argument. Arteta was enraged by a foul on Sadio Mane 32 minutes in, causing scenes off the pitch.

Indeed, both managers were booked for the incident. Moreover, Liverpool reacted to it stunningly. With the Merseyside giants taking firm control of the game and thrashing an in-form Arsenal side 4-0.

The result was a reality check for the Gunners. Who last tasted defeat at the end of August against Manchester City. And for Oxlade-Chamberlain, the argument in the first half between Klopp and Arteta lit the fuse that sparked the stunning performance.

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The Liverpool midfielder said: “It was hard to not notice that. Our job is to keep focused on what’s happening on the pitch. The crowd picked up and benefited from that energy. Maybe that was the turning point in terms of energy and atmosphere”

With Anfield one of the most hostile environments in European football, the incident brought the fans into the match to motivate Liverpool. And for Arteta, his passionate defence of his team backfired in a big way.

Anfield passion can spur Liverpool to Premier League title

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After 12 games of the season, it appears that we are set for a three-way tussle for the title in Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. And with Anfield, the Reds need to harness their greatest off the field asset to the max if they are to win the Premier League.

The iconic English stadium trumps many in the country. And for Liverpool, they need to use the power of the crowd, just like they did against Arsenal, if they are to make it two Premier League title wins in three years.

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