The Reds looked dominant against the Gunners from the beginning of the match and gave no chance to Arsenal to settle at their own home turf as the match ended Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Although it took 64 minutes for the Premier League champions to break the deadlock with a fantabulous cross in the box delivered by the one who was left out by Gareth Southgate for the England squad. Trent Alexander-Arnold put the ball right on the head of the man in form Diogo Jota, who scored twice in the match along with this season’s Premier League top scorer the Egyptian king Mohamed Salah.
The gunners never looked threatening and they never looked like scoring in the game. On the other hand, the Liverpool right-back, who was exceptional throughout the match as he delivered the most open play crosses (6), provided most interceptions (3) and created the most chances (4) in the match. He has now provided as many assists as Michael Owen and Robbie fowler for the Reds (30).
Liverpool will surely gain a lot of confidence from this match as they travel to Spain now to face their one of the biggest challenge so far in the Champions League this season.
Post Match Reaction:
After the match, Mikel Arteta said
“Congratulations to Liverpool because they were exceptional today. That showed the difference between the two teams – that when they play at that level, the margin is incredibly high.”
He was very disappointed with his teams performance as he further said
“Liverpool won every duel, every second ball, every challenge. To be fair I’m in shock. I didn’t expect that one coming. It’s my job to make things better. Today we hit a really low level. It was not acceptable.”
On the other side of the pitch the Reds boss looked quite happy with the performance of his team he said
“For us, it was a very important statement for us because we need to show that we fight for it. We cannot only talk about it, we have to show it on the pitch and we did that, especially with the way we defended tonight.”
Diogo Jota: He is the hot guy at the moment with almost scoring every time he is seen on the pitch irrespective of whether he represents for his club or country. he was the man of the match scoring twice coming of the bench.
Mohamed Salah: He put his name back in the scoring chart with a sharp finish as nutmegged the Arsenal goal keeper keeping him at the apex of the Premier league goal scoring chart this season.
Fabinho: The Brazilian midfielder again showed why he is the best when he plays in his natural position. Surged into the final third when he could, kept the ball moving quickly and was involved in the build-up for Salah’s goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: The young Liverpool star just showed why he is one of the best emerging right backs in the football industry currently. His assist was a crucial contribution for the Reds to break the deadlock and helping their team to score the first goal.