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Liverpool victorious against Arsenal – Who said Anything about a Hangover

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Any doubts anybody had of Liverpool being able to rediscover their focus and go again have been quickly extinguished. The Merseyside Reds look dangerous and driven once more. They are going for that title again. Arsenal came into this ground on the back of consecutive victories and a perfect start to the season. But Anfield is never a place to take lightly even without it’s 50 thousand screaming hooligans a.k.a fans.

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Liverpool were on top form at Anfield ( Image Courtesy : LFC Twitter )

Liverpool’s high press is very similar to Bayern Munich’s. They suffocate opposition and try to win the ball high up the pitch. Arsenal were no exception and struggled to play out from behind. Liverpool dominated the game and it became clear that Arsenal were here to keep a clean sheet at all costs.

The thing about teams that press high is that they leave space in behind. Committing too many men forward can be counterproductive. Arsenal finally capitalized on this. They managed to play a quick ball through the lines to find Lacazette in acres of space. Lacazette found Maitland Niles charging down the wing and darted into the box for the return pass. Niles miscued his pass but Robertson made a horrible blunder. He completely miscued his clearance and the ball fell to Lacazette who had only the keeper to beat.

In spite of all the Liverpool domination Arsenal found themselves ahead. That lead however was short-lived. Exactly two and a half minutes later Naby Keita was fouled and the referee played an advantage. Salah showed incredible strength and speed to force his way into the box and get a shot away. Leno managed to palm it away but only into the feet of a waiting Sadio Mane who scored the easiest goal he ever will.

Liverpool kept coming and only 6 minutes later Trent curled a delicious ball into the box which fell to an unmarked Robertson who finished expertly and made amends for his defensive error. Arteta knew that the game was far from over. Arsenal had to hang in there and make sure they did not concede any more goals. Opportunities to equalize would inevitably come.

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With the score still 2-1 at 60 minutes, Dani Ceballos replaced Granit Xhaka to bring creativity into the Arsenal midfield. He made an instant impact and played in Lacazette beautifully to create the best chance of the game. Lacazette failed to capitalize and the save was ultimately an easy one for Allison. This was Arsenal’s golden opportunity and they would not get another.

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New signing Jota scored on his Anfield debut ( Image Courtesy : Twitter.com )

43 million pounds signing Diogo Jota was introduced with 10 minutes left to play in place of Sadio Mane. Jota missed a big opportunity to put the game to bed but he wouldn’t repeat that mistake. In the 88th minute, he controlled and volleyed an elite finish into the bottom corner. This snuffed out any hope Arsenal had of forcing a point out of this game.

Liverpool are back and they are not to be taken lightly. Many took their post lockdown form as an alarming sign. There were claims of a possible “Second Season Syndrome”. But Liverpool have shown no signs of weakness. They are determined to keep the ribbons on the Premier League trophy red at all costs. With Manchester City still struggling defensively, it is hard to imagine anyone stopping this Liverpool team. It’s a long season ahead and there will be many twists and turns along the way. But Liverpool look prepared for the journey. Klopp has left no room for complacency. The phenomenal German is hungry once more.

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