Liverpool Player’s Performance In The Great 3-2 Loss Against Arsenal
Liverpool Players Performance In The Great 3-2 Loss Against Arsenal.
The table leaders Arsenal show their great admiration for claiming the league title by bashing Liverpool 3-2 on Sunday.
Gabriel Martinelli scored once and Bukayo Saka bagged a brace for the Gunners, while Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino found the back of the net for the visitors. Following Sunday’s result, Arteta’s side kept their place at the summit, with them picking up 24 points from nine games. Klopp’s men slipped down to 10th place after securing only 10 points from eight games.
Playing at home, the north Londoners enjoyed the perfect start to the match. Inside the opening minute, the hosts won possession in midfield and the ball ended up at Martin Odegaard’s feet, who took his time to assist Martinelli for his opener. Just past the halfway mark of the first half, Nunez lodged his first shot on target, but Aaron Ramsdale refused to be beaten at his near post.
Nunez had another shot in the 34th minute, only this time it ended up in the back of the net. Luis Diaz’s cross from the right was perfect and Nunez’s sliding finish ensured Ramsdale had no chance of keeping that one out. The visitors’ joy was short-lived, however, as the home team quickly bounced back with a reply. Five minutes into first-time added time, Saka put the Gunners ahead, tapping home Martinelli’s low cross at the far post.
Eight minutes into the second half, Liverpool equalized through substitute Firmino. The Brazilian latched on to Diogo Jota’s pass and slotted the ball into the far bottom corner. In the 74th minute, Thiago Alcantara fouled Gabriel Jesus inside his box, compelling the referee to point to the spot. Saka stepped up to take it and thumped it home past a hapless Alisson to give the home team the lead.
The Merseysiders tried to crawl back into the game but lacked the end product in the final third, extending their winless run in the Premier League to three games. Here are three of the Reds’ stars who disappointed and a couple who impressed in north London on Sunday:
Diogo Jota was arguably Liverpool’s best player on Sunday afternoon. He was patient, he was persistent and always looked for ways to catch the opposition off-guard. His excellent through ball in the 53rd minute was a thing of beauty, leading to Firmino’s well-taken goal.
The Portuguese forward was also strong in duels, fulfilled his defensive responsibilities, and carried the ball well into the opposition’s third. Against Arteta’s men, Jota won seven of 11 ground duels, made a key pass, drew two fouls, attempted three tackles, and completed two of three dribbles.
The Reds’ marquee signing Darwin Nunez impressed onlookers with his determined display at the Emirates. He chased down every ball, tried to keep opposing defenders on their toes with his movement, and scored a neat goal in the 34th minute.
Nunez was in the right place at the right time to slide home Diaz’s low cross from out wide, giving the Arsenal keeper no chance. In addition to the goal, Nunez won a couple of aerial duels and made a clearance.
Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold has faced heavy criticism for his lack of defensive awareness. On Sunday, his shortcomings once again came to the fore, especially during the build-up of Arsenal’s second goal.
Instead of staying in the middle, Alexander-Arnold drifted to the right to block Martinelli. The Brazilian brushed him aside and zipped in a low ball into the Liverpool box, allowing Saka to finish at the far post.
Before being replaced due to a knock at half-time, Alexander-Arnold misplaced four long balls, ceded possession 11 times and lost two of three duels.
Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner (23 goals) Mohamed Salah has been well below his best this season. Against Arsenal, he once again cut a frustrating figure, spending almost the entirety of the match on the periphery.
Except for an encouraging 31st-minute dribble, during which he brushed off a couple of defenders before attempting a lame shot from the edge of the box, Salah did precious little. He had no shots on target, lost four of six duels, ceded possession five times, and made only 17 accurate passes before being subbed off in the 69th minute.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson endured a difficult time at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The Englishman struggled to keep pace with the Gunners’ midfielders and was caught out of position more than once.
Henderson failed to mark Odegaard in midfield in the first minute, allowing the Norwegian to play Martinelli through on goal. The England international was lucky that his lack of positional awareness was not exploited more regularly. Against Arsenal, Henderson also lost possession 15 times, lost three duels, and committed a foul.