Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with his side's determined start to the game against Liverpool.
The Gunners dominated the Reds and eased to a 4-1 victory as they continue their chase of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
But the Frenchman insists it will be very difficult to leap frog the Blues for the title.
"You always have imperfections in any game but I feel we started with a great intensity, which is what we wanted to put them under pressure," Wenger said when asked if it was a perfect performance from Arsenal.
"We created some early chances after and then when we relieved the pressure they had one or two chances. Liverpool are a good side going forwards and they always look dangerous.
"We had a killing instinct and took advantage of our strong moments in the first half. In fairness we played at a good pace and had some good combination game in the final third.
"The second half was more down to, can we maintain the discipline, intensity and not allow them to come back early? We did that.
"We had many chances on the break that I've seen again but in the end it was 4-1 which is very convincing in a very important game.
"We took our chances very well and in two minutes we scored two goals. The difference always looks much bigger than it is then. Liverpool are a good side and they will recover from that.
"[The title race?] That's not enough.
"What we can master now mathematically is the top four, where we will finish. For the title we need us to be perfect and Chelsea not to be perfect, so let's focus on what we can master which means our own performance and go with the same intensity in the same game."