Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-0 on Saturday in a fantastic all-round performance. Here are five things we learned from the game.
Jurgen Klopp opted to leave both Diogo Jota and Gini Wijnaldum out of his XI for this one. He cited intense international games for his reasoning.
And it makes sense, given Liverpool face Real Madrid in a few days’ time. The Reds will need to use their full squad to navigate all these big games, and you’d back a limited XI against the Gunners over Los Blancos.
So no complaints from us.
That was a dream for pressing. We haven’t seen the Reds press the ball that well all season.
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They were winning it back within seconds, using the press to create chances and preventing Arsenal from doing anything through midfield. It all went to plan.
Hopefully, it’s a sign that Liverpool are nearing their best without the ball. We haven’t really been able to say that for some time.
While Klopp didn’t take chances with his starting XI, he certainly did with his first change.
The boss subbed Andy Robertson off for Jota, pushing Milner to left-back and leaving the side with four forwards. It was all-out attack in search of a goal – and it worked.
It’s quite incredible how he’s come in and immediately become a world-class goalscorer. We’d say we’ve never seen anything like it but Mohamed Salah did similar.
Jota is a shining example of Liverpool at their best. Wonderful recruitment and instant development. He looks like an elite player right now. What a signing.
Bring on Real Madrid
A fantastic performance from front to back as Liverpool crush Arsenal 3-0. Right now, we’re backing the Reds to overcome Real and pick up a great result in Madrid.
It’s going to be a defining game for Liverpool’s season but one they can win. And if they do, this season suddenly looks very promising once again.
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