Wednesday night saw Liverpool beat Arsenal in one of the most thrilling games the League Cup has ever seen. Twice during the game the Reds two goals behind the visitors. There were worldies, there were mistakes, there was last minute drama – the game had everything. We take a look at three things we learned when Liverpool beat Arsenal.
Pep Lijnders was right
Speaking ahead of the Arsenal game, Pep Lijnders spoke about the importance of intensity. His comments, broadcast live on the club’s site, highlighted the difference between youth players and first team players. The Dutch assistant manager detailed the defensive discipline needed in the 30% of the game when Liverpool don’t have the ball. Last night the Reds were ferocious going forward, looking sharp, inventive and courageous. However, defensively we were well of the mark. Our pressing and positioning were a world away from the fist team we are accustomed to watching.
Harvey Elliott isn’t too far off
16-year-old Harvey Elliott made his first Anfield start, becoming the youngest ever Liverpool player to appear at the ground. For his age he looked absolutely frightening. One of the most impressive things about Elliott is his eagerness to get on the ball, at 16 he is showing bags of confidence. The young winger also displayed an instinctive crossing ability, delivering a few perfectly weighted balls into the middle. Whilst his performance was by no means perfect, this is a player that will just get better and better.
The kids have the right mentality
Liverpool never say die, it’s not over ’till it’s over. This is a mentality that has seen us pull off some ridiculous turnarounds at Anfield: Olympiakos, Dortmund and Barcelona to name just a few from this century. The kids displayed a phenomenally mature and resilient mentality as Liverpool beat Arsenal. With the Reds behind in stoppage time, a teenage debutant clipped in the cross that Divock Origi duly converted.