Let’s be honest: the Reds just don’t care anymore. I’m not mad about it, we’ve won our first league title in 30 years. After securing the championship in record time the lads haven’t looked as sharp as we’d hope but can you blame them? They gave so much for so long, they’re allowed to loosen up a bit. Liverpool have been given somewhat of an excuse by Arsenal after they devastated Manchester City at Wembley.
On Wednesday night Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates. The Reds went into the lead after 20 minutes before the Gunners hit back twice to put themselves into a lead that they would hold on to.
The Reds were sloppy, gifting the hosts their two goals through errors by Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Overall Jürgen Klopp’s side dominated, they had 24 shots with eight on target, they had 69% of the ball and 13 corners. Ultimately their errors cost them.
Manchester City devastated
This Saturday Arsenal faced Manchester City in the FA Cup Semi Final. The Gooners ran out 2-0 winners over the Citizens, with both goals scored by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Although City had more of the ball against Arsenal than Liverpool did they created far fewer chances. The Blues had 71% possession but just one shot on target.
Pep Guardiola’s side were also carved apart by Arsenal on more than one occasion, the score line could have been harsher had Aubameyang been more lethal. In the end City were devastated, beaten by two goals despite all their possession, they were dumped out of the FA Cup.
The Reds were their own worst enemy at the Emirates. Liverpool have had their performance against Arsenal somewhat excused, or at least put into context, by the Manchester City defeat at the weekend.
Until the final five minutes on Wednesday Arsenal had only two shots and both went in, both were as a result of a Liverpool error. The Gooners finished with just three shots overall.
We stifled Arsenal, they couldn’t create anything, their only chances were ones we gifted to them. Manchester City on the other hand were sliced apart, they couldn’t cope with the Gunners’ football, nor could they muster more than just the one shot on target.
The Reds may have been sloppy against Arsenal but it is not the end of the world. They still put in a strong performance against an ever improving side, Mikel Arteta’s showing against City shows just that.