Dream result: 5 things we learned from Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

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Dream result: 5 things we learned from Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in a fantastic display. Here are five things we took away from the fixture.

Injuries take a toll

It was clear ahead of this that injuries would have an impact. Particularly in midfield, the Reds simply lacked senior numbers.

And so we saw a few rotations in the XI as the likes of Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino sat things out. It was the bench, however, where things really hurt.

Jurgen Klopp named an incredibly young selection of substitutes, with Kaide Gordon, Conor Bradley, Tyler Morton and Owen Beck as options. Yes, it’s a sign of faith in youth but it also showed how thin Liverpool’s squad looks right now.

Mane repeat

We saw Atletico Madrid try and get Sadio Mane sent off the other week. It reached a point where Klopp took his no.10 off at half-time to avoid a potential red card.

It was interesting to see a similar tactic here. Mikel Arteta furiously called for yellow cards against Mane for the entirety of the first half. It was enough that Klopp actually ‘had a word’ at one point.

Is Mane a natural target for these things? We wouldn’t have thought so. Opponents appear to see him as one, however.

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Two sides of the same coin

Liverpool waited and waited and waited in that first-half. They didn’t try to force things, nor did they take many risks. Eventually, Sadio Mane found a goal.

That allowed things to open up in the second period and Liverpool’s patience paid dividends. Arsenal needed to push forward and the Reds tore them to shreds over and over again.

They could have had three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. An incredible demonstration of control from Liverpool. All sides of their game were perfect as they mixed possession with a high-tempo counter.

Diogo Jota

We could pick out several players to mention but Jota had such an interesting game. His first half was actually quite awful – nothing went his way at all.

But he showed his quality in the second. Jota needed one chance to score, showing fantastic composure to practically walk it in.

Then he helped create the third goal as he performed a brilliant flick-on to put Sadio Mane through. Jota showed what he’s about – even if he’s struggling, he can hurt you in a flash.

Just the right game

Liverpool followed their 5-0 win at Old Trafford with a draw with Brighton and a defeat at West Ham United. They desperately needed a win, then.

The Reds didn’t just get a win, they provided a dominant demonstration of how good they are. And they did it against an in-form team who hadn’t lost since August.

This was exactly what Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp needed. Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal was the dream result, in many ways.

No one should doubt the Reds after this one.

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