It was business as usual as Liverpool trampled over Arsenal on Saturday to continue their wondrous 12-match winning streak in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s side has the chance to make personal history by winning 13-in-a-row next season to break Rafa Benitez’s record. They are betting favourites to do so with bettingbonuscode.com, and if their heroics at Anfield proved anything, there’s little stopping them anytime soon.
The Reds knew Arsenal would be opting a defensive approach after last season’s embarrassment. Unai Emery gave record-signing Nicolas Pepe his full debut, with the Ivorian making quite the impact by breaking Virgil Van Dijk’s streak by dribbling past him. The Gunners defended deep, counter-attacking heavily through Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Adrian remained strong, while Joel Matip often covered for Van Dijk.
However, the Reds never put their foot off the peddle going forward. Thanks to Arsenal’s narrow defensive line, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson often overlapped through the sides to whip in balls into the box. Those two pinged in 23 crosses into the box, the most so far this campaign. It was rather unfortunate most didn’t hit the target, but Alexander-Arnold’s corner emphatically met Joel Matip’s header for the opener.
Even when it came to closing in and pressing hard to regain possession, the Reds were unrelenting. The Gunners struggled to stitch together passes and get the ball out their own half. The fact that Sadio Mane made the most tackles with 6 itself tells the story for the industrious work-rate put in. Unai Emery’s side was left exhausted and new-signing David Luiz decided to put laziness ahead of anything else.
Mohamed Salah, who came close in the first half, turned a new leaf in the second period. The Egyptian was given more time to run with possession and bamboozled Luiz on both occasions to get his first brace this season. Fabinho dictated play from midfield brilliantly, neutralizing the threat of Arsenal’s strikers and overshadowing Dani Ceballos.
While the game wasn’t as easy as their destruction of the Gunners last season, Liverpool played it clever to put pressure on their defensive meltdown points. Klopp knew Luiz would buckle under pressure, encouraging Salah to move more centrally to surge into the box and force mistakes. The Reds’ attacking fluidity was quicker than before as well, as they moved the ball forward with pace and thrilled the Kop end with a vintage heavy-metal display.
On the defensive front, however, all is not well. Liverpool are still allowing too many defence-splitting passes or opportunistic shots being exposed to Adrian, who’s looking more convincing each week. The defensive composure is one thing needing improvement while preparing for the physical battle against the old-school Burnley next week.