Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side's impressive victory over Arsenal as a "very positive statement" as the Reds aim to rescue their Premier League season by finishing in the top four.
After a season of mixed performances, disappointing results, and horrific injury issues, Liverpool's chances of keeping their title were mathematically over after a City victory at Leicester earlier in the day.
But they were back to their best at the Emirates Stadium, dominating Arsenal and winning 3-0 thanks to a brace from substitute Diogo Jota on either side of a Mohamed Salah goal.
Mikel Arteta was in charge of Arsenal for his 50th Premier League match, and he called for the Gunners to take the game to Liverpool, having won the corresponding fixture last year with a combination of guile, guts, and luck.
With David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, and Emile Smith Rowe all out due to injury, Arteta admitted his team deserved to lose.
He said: "I think Liverpool completely deserved to win the game, probably with a bigger margin because they were much better than us in every single department and we were extremely poor today.
"I don't know if it was the worst (performance of my reign), but probably one of the worst and the one that really shocked me.
"I think every defeat is different. This one hurts deeply because of the image that we showed today and the lack of clarity that we wanted to get out from this game.
"We need to apologize to our people, to our fans, and this standard is nowhere near what we want. I am fully responsible for that."
Asked about his missing players, Arteta was bullish in his reply, adding: "I don't care who is missing, that is excuses. The international (break) is excuses and I hate excuses.
"They were much better than us in every single department. And they fully deserved to win the match by a bigger margin.
"I am fully responsible for that. The rest, about one player (missing), two players, three players, is just excuses."