Liverpool’s chances of making into the Europe took a major hit as the Merseysiders were trashed 4-1 at Arsenal. Goals from Bellerin, Ozil and Sanchez in the first half killed the game as a contest. Henderson’s second half penalty gave little hope, but Giroud wrapped the game up in injury time.
Let us look at how the player ratings on the night:
David Ospina – 6.5/10
Ospina hardly had much to do as Arsenal was dominating for most of the game, but he did save well in the second half. He could have done well with his penalty.
Hector Bellerin – 7/10
He scored the opener in stunning fashion with his wrong foot. He was a constant threat on right flank. However, he gave away a penalty in the second half to hand Liverpool a way back in the game.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.5/10
Koscielny defended well and formed a good partnership with his centreback partner up until being replaced with a possible injury.
Per Mertesacker – 7/10
Per looked assured in defence. He formed a solid partnership with Koscielny and defended well. However at times he was unable to keep up with Liverpool’s pace and was caught out of position.
Nacho Monreal – 6.5/10
He hardly went forward, but he made up for it with his good defensive work to support his defenders.
Francis Coquelin (82’) – 6.5/10
He was always available to go forward to help his attackers and offered good protection his defenders. Except for few odd occasions when he was caught out of position, he otherwise had a decent game.
Aaron Ramsey – 7/10
The Wales star was another top performer on the day. He might not have scored a goal, but he did a very good job for his team with his work rate.
Santi Cazorla – 6.5/10
The Spaniard offered great support to his attackers and linked up well with his teammates. He also defended really well.
Mezut Ozil – 7/10
After enduring a slow start, during which his touches was poor and he often gave the ball away, Ozil found his feet as the match wore on. He scored from a stunning free kick.
Alexis Sanchez – 8/10
Sanchez arguably scored the goal of the day. After getting away from Toure, he unleashed a stunning strike from outside the box to seal the game. He was always at Liverpool toes to unease their defenders.
Olivier Giroud – 7/10
Giroud, the in-form striker, scored in injury time to make it 4-1. He was a constant threat in the air and did not give Liverpool defenders a moment of peace.
Gabriel Paulista (49′) – 6/10
Gabriel came on for the injured Koscielny and defended well.
Mathieu Flamini (62′) – 5/10
Flamini came on to see out the game and he did well of what was asked from him.
Danny Welbeck (73′) – 5/10
Welback looked lively after coming on. He also drew the foul from which Can was sent off.
Arsenal would have scored more if not for Mignolet. He made great saves in either halves to keep the scoreline readable. He however couldn’t do much with the goals conceded by his team as it was his defenders fault.
Emre Can – 5/10
Can found it hard to contain the impressive Arsenal in this make-shift role. His night got from bad to worse when he fouled Welbeck to collect his second yellow card in the second half.
Kolo Toure – 2/10
Kolo was never able to keep up with the pace of Arsenal attackers. His distribution with the ball as well as his first touch was poor. He was fortunate that Ramsey did not score after bullying the ball from him early-on in the game. Sanchez got passed him easily to score Arsenal’s third.
Mamadou Sakho – 5/10
Sakho looked the decent among the back three. He defended reasonably well, but he too struggled to keep up with some of the quick Arsenal attacks.
Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10
He defended well in the make-shift right wing-back position. Even though he was unable to make any notable contribution in the attacking third with his passing, he scored Liverpool’s only goal from a penalty.
Lucas Leiva – 5/10
Lucas was unable to help his defenders properly and struggled to hold his position. He neither made an impact in the attacking third.
Joe Allen – 5/10
Just like his midfield partner, Allen struggled in the middle of the park. He work really hard but was unable to stand out on his own in neither defending nor attacking.
Alberto Moreno – 5.5/10
Moreno struggled to hold his ground and allowed Bellerin to come inside easily for the opener. He hardly surged forward. Did make couple crucial tackles though.
Philippe Coutinho – 4.5/10
Coutinho had a night to forget. He tried to work out openings, but was unable to succeed. Arsenal closed him down well.
Lazar Markovic – 4/10
Markovic had a glorious chance in the first half, when he was through on goal. But, he neither had a shot nor he found Sterling who was free on his left side for a tap-in. That is as good he came in the match as he was replaced at the break.
Raheem Sterling – 6/10
Sterling, who is strongly linked with Arsenal, looked lively without making any noteworthy contribution. However, he won the penalty from which Henderson scored to hand Liverpool a lifeline.
Daniel Sturridge (45′) – 5/10
Sturridge was brought at half time to make an impact in the game, unfortunately he was not able to do it.