Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday. Here are five things we learned in a satisfying win for the Reds.
The opener against Leeds United featured errors at the back and we saw one again tonight. Andy Robertson made a horrible attempt to control a cross, gifting Arsenal and Alexandre Lacazette a free goal.
It’s worth remembering that last July’s meeting with the Gunners featured defensive errors, too. As did the Community Shield clash. For whatever reason, the Reds just aren’t as solid as they used to be.
Jurgen Klopp knows what to fix, then.
It’s hard not to love the response to Robertson’s error, though. Liverpool responded immediately as good work from Mohamed Salah gave Sadio Mane a tap-in. Then the Scot himself atoned for the mistake by putting his side in front.
You can’t really ask for any more in the ten minutes after conceding a goal. Everyone involved showed a fantastic mentality.
Slow in midfield
No Jordan Henderson, no Thiago – and it showed. Liverpool rarely created anything through midfield, relying instead on the full-backs and front-three to do it all.
Not exactly too much to worry about, of course. Thiago is here to correct this but we certainly got a reminder of how important the Spaniard will be.
The importance of Alisson
Speaking of reminders, given the goalkeeper was a doubt for the game, Alisson showed everyone why he’s so vital. His save from Lacazette in the second half was excellent.
The Brazilian knew exactly what Lacazette would try and do. He stayed tall and prevented the Arsenal man dinking it over him. Instead, Lacazette had to improvise, resulting in a tame shot straight at Alisson.
It’s a moment that could have swung the entire game but the Liverpool goalkeeper came out on top.
Diogo Jota looked incredible lively when he came on. He was running with the ball, taking up great positions and, of course, got himself the goal to make it Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal.
In truth, he could have had three. And if this is his first proper game – against a decent enough team, too – then we can all be excited.
Above all, Jota looked like a perfect fit for Liverpool’s front-three. He should fit in seamlessly.