Liverpool were left momentarily frustrated by a rigid Arsenal side during their Saturday encounter, but Trent Alexander-Arnold revealed after the game what inspired them to record another dominant home win. The hosts were made to work their socks off in the final third, with Unai Emery’s men more than happy for sitting back defending and launching counter-attacks for their strikers to pounce upon.
Nicolas Pepe ended up dribbling past Virgil Van Dijk,breaking his 50-match streak of not being ousted by a single attacking player over last year. The Reds were forced to bombard in crosses from the wings through Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, but Jurgen Klopp had noticed something to expose Arsenal’s defensive flaws in the first half.
After the game, the Liverpool right-back spoke about how Klopp had pre-recorded the first half and showed them highlights to indicate what to change in their attacking stance. “The gaffer showed us a bit of [footage] at half-time and we could stretch them, with Mo, Bobby and Sadio [Mane], and get it into feet.”
And so Liverpool did with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both moving wider into the wings to successfully break the Gunners defensively shape. In the end, the Egyptian magician was pulled back by Luiz early in the second half to earn the penalty he dutifully scored. He also goaded the Brazilian into him before expertly skipping past him in the 58th minute to complete his brace and seal the three points for the hosts.
Of course, the visitors pulled one back to crush Adrian’s hopes of getting a clean-sheet through Lucas Torreira’s strike in the 85th minute, but Klopp’s plan had worked wonders. Liverpool successfully managed to open up the Gunners backline repeatedly throughout the second half, making Luiz and co nervous with a more hungrier attitude after the break.
If not anything else, this just showcases how good a game-reader Klopp is, and why Liverpool are the best bet using this matchbook bonus code to dethrone Man City in the Premier League. After their embarrassing 5-1 loss at Anfield last season, Emery’s Arsenal had come well prepared for a battle, looking decent defensively as long as they retained a narrow shape. Once that was stretched by the Reds, they lost their calm and allowed the game to soon revert into a rout.
Now with years of Premier League experience under his belt, the German gaffer knows exactly what changed to make to change the dynamics of a game. So far this season, his dynamic “heavy metal” style has worked wonders, but a rough battle awaits at Turf Moor when Liverpool faces the resurgent Burnley next weekend.