The Emirates was ruled by the Red of Merseyside as Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side managed to ship 4 past Petr Cech on goal in a thrilling match on Sunday. Phillpe Coutinho, the Brazil magician put in a match winning performance in the hour he was on the field as he picked up two goals and an assist to give Liverpool a morale boosting victory in the first game of the new season. Arsene Wenger was a bit short on personnel and though his team managed to pull 3 goals back, Liverpool held on to a 4-3 score line to steal all three points.
Here are 5 talking points from this the 7-goal thriller at the Emirates:
Phillipe Coutinho one of the best:
The 24-year old started Liverpool’s previous campaign with 30-yard stunner against Stoke City but managed to better it with a sizzling free kick late in the first half that got Liverpool back on level terms at half time at the Emirates. He picked up another goal in the second half before being subbed off after picking up an injury and the Liverpool fans will be hoping that it is not too serious as he was easily the best player for the visitors on the night. The Brazilian may not have the numbers to show for but is easily one of the best players in the Premier League at the moment.
Things can only get better for the Gunners:
Playing with a third-choice center back pairing and missing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Gioud, Arsenal were not in the best shape to be facing a rampaging Liverpool side on Sunday. The manager was helpless in his team selection with injuries to key players and after Walcott’s goal, it looked like Wenger got his team spot on for this game. But the difference in quality in the final third showed in the second half as Liverpool put 3 past the homes side in around 20 minutes to steal a victory. Wenger will know that things will only get better as key players return to squad and he will try to not read too much into the performance by a weakened Arsenal team.
Alberto Moreno is a liability:
It took less than 40 minutes for the Spaniard to prove the Liverpool desperately need to spend on a left-back this summer. Moreno was once again his usual self making unnecessary runs into the opposition half and was often caught out of position. He gave away a penalty, made a number of reckless challenges and was caught out of position for the first Arsenal goal and Liverpool will be well advised to look into the transfer market while it is still open to find a replacement as quickly as possible. The former La Liga man is not up to the mark to cement a place in Klopp’s starting XI at Anfield.
Sadio Mane worth every penny:
The Senegalese international can potentially become a club record signing for Liverpool but his performance against Arsenal showed that he is worth every penny Liverpool paid for him in the summer. He was superb on the flank showing great strength and irresistible pace as he created a number of chances of the Liverpool side. He scored a solo goal that showed what he is capable of and if he can keep up his confidence, he can be an impact player and a match winner for the Reds in games to come.
Ragnar Klavan a genius signing?
The former Augsburg man was a close contender for the man of the match award for this game after his solid performance alongside Dejan Lovren at the back for Liverpool. He finished the game with a passing % of 81, and completed all of his tackles, interceptions successfully while also winning every air ball he challenged for. He is hardly an elite name added to the Liverpool squad but with his performance at the Emirates makes him an important player for Liverpool this season. He has taken no time to adjust to the English league and if he can continue his progress, he will be a great asset for the manager in years to come.