Liverpool Star Slams Strikers after Arsenal Game
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 05, 2018,
Nov 05, 2018, 1:19
Arsenal deserved a point from what, given the opposition, was arguably its most impressive performance of the season and it came thanks to one of Emery's substitutions: Alex Iwobi, who drifted in from the left and played a terrific ball through to Lacazette. Roberto Firmino hit the woodwork and Sadio Mane was wrongly flagged offside for the follow-up, while Virgil van Dijk's looped header kissed the post in first-half stoppage time.
Arsenal shook off their habit of getting off to slow starts in games as they came out attacking from the start and had the lion's share of chances in the first half - although Liverpool often looked risky on counters and hit the post through Virgil van Dijk before the break, while Sadio Mane's goal was questionably ruled out for offside. "They're not in the same class as this Liverpool team", Merson said on Gillette Soccer Saturday.
Arsenal began the game on top but it was Liverpool that had the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes. It was a slightly unusual game, one that Arsenal dominated for long periods and yet one which Liverpool had enough clear-cut chances to have won fairly comfortably.
GK Bernd Leno, 5 - A mixed bag from the goalkeeper. A very good red one.
DF Shkodran Mustafi, 7 - Was near flawless for the opening hour but questions can be raised about his role in Liverpool's goal as well.
Jurgen Klopp's side had the better of the chances in front of goal with van Dijk and Firmino coming particularly close, but on the general flow of play they lacked the incision and the quality to have truly been worthy of taking all three points.
"But it's not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee".
"The reaction of the team was ideal", goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Arsenal's official website afterwards.
"When you really look at him, he was really quiet today".
So what's missing? Apathy, for one.
However, Liverpool also had plenty of chances in a thrilling first-half that somehow lacked only goals. Still can't get much reward for his work, though.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool can not reach the ball as it is gathered by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. But faded after the break and was taken off with Arsenal chasing an equaliser.
"I believe we were the better side today and that's how we must continue".