Liverpool have extended their unbeaten run at Anfield to 61 games by comfortably dispatching Arsenal who proved their were no pushovers. Arsenal were played a compact game with little or no space afforded to Liverpool to maneuver their way through goal.
Such tactical wit ensured Arsenal took the lead through a poor clearance from Andy Robertson which Alexander Lacazette score the first goal of the night. His goal made him look like a world class striker but, his subsequent misses will certainly raise question about his abilities and finishing.
Lacazette’s failures allowed Liverpool grow in the match and minutes later Sadio Mane restored parity before a brilliant combination from Trent Alexander and Andrew Robertson put Liverpool ahead. Diego Jota then added the 3rd goal of the night with a half volley to all but condemn Arsenal to their first defeat of the season.
Here are the five things we learnt;
Sadio Mane is on form and firing at all cylinders– where will Liverpool be without Sadio Mane? The Senegalese international is literally carry Liverpool on his shoulder and delivery on a game by game basis. He ran Arsenal’s defense to ragged and twice pressed them until relinquish the ball to him.
He scored a goal against Arsenal to make it 3 goals in just two matches. Mane is without on firm and firing at all cylinders.
Andy Robertson is a world class left back despite howler- The Scottish captain might have given away goal to Arsenal but his drive and determination was unquestionable. Robertson gave away and minutes later redeemed himself by scoring the second goal of the day.
His combination with Trent Alexander Arnold makes Liverpool really strong to play against or break down.
Alexander Lacazette was awful and needs to go back to shooting practice- Lacazette might scored against Liverpool thanks to Andrew Robertson’s poor clearance but the French man was wasteful in front of goal and could be blamed for the defeats.
His two one on one misses against Alisson Becker ensured Liverpool were going to win the match and not draw or lose. Lacazette needs to go back to the shooting practice, he was very poor against Liverpool.
Diego Jota can be a fantastic addition to Liverpool’s attacking trident- Jota’s debut goal at Anfield will certainly delight the manager, his coaching staff and watching fans. He will play lots of games and finally offer Liverpool’s front the competitions for first team football.
Arsenal need to sign a defensive midfielder- Arsenal need to sign one defensive midfielder to provide bite and steel in the middle of the park. Against Liverpool, they were forced to play compact and chase shadows for most part of the game.
A defensive midfielder who can break up attacks, shield the back four and snap heels in midfielder is desperately needed at Arsenal.