Liverpool snuck back into the top four with an inspired 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening.
After looking so poor against Leicester City on Monday night, Liverpool have used their big game influence to see off the Gunners.
In the first half, Arsenal failed to take a single touch in Liverpool’s 18-yard area. Arsene Wenger chose to drop Alexis Sánchez to the bench and played Olivier Giroud up front to little effect.
It meant that Liverpool were allowed to attack with little fear of retaliation and went into the second half with a 2-0 lead courtesy of well-taken goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.
Wenger introduced Sánchez after the break and the Chilean immediately lifted the tempo of Arsenal’s play. A few minutes into the second half, Olivier Giroud climbed high to head goalwards but a sumptuous save from Simon Mignolet kept the Frenchman out.
Danny Welbeck continued his impressive form with a delightful dink over Mignolet who was unlucky to concede on a day where he did little wrong. Still, you can’t detract from what was a well-rounded goal which breathed life into Arsenal’s play.
The Gunner’s dominance in the second half really emphasised how effective Liverpool are as a counter-attacking side. The reason for Liverpool’s brilliant head-to-head record in the big games is because there is always space for the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Mané to work their magic in.
The win over Arsenal sees Liverpool climb the table to third for the time being. Manchester City play Sunderland tomorrow and will most certainly win which will see Liverpool drop to fourth. Then, Arsenal have a game in hand over Liverpool which, if they make full advantage of will see the Reds drop out of the top four again.
For the time being, the win is very positive and needs to be built on. Liverpool play Burnley and then Manchester City so there is the potential to leapfrog another top four rival.
I am certain that Klopp will be motivating his players to stay composed and make good use of the confidence gained from beating Arsenal. For now, enjoy your evening and don’t forget BBC’s Match of the Day is on at 10:30 PM. It’s been a while.