Liverpool vs Arsenal 3-3: Things learned, Talking Points and conclusions
As Liverpool scored a later equalizer in a six goal thriller at the legendary Anfield against a strong Arsenal side, the Liverpool fans started to dream of what could’ve been. With Klopp at the helm, the only way is up for the Merseyside club.
There were major takeaways in the match which had already seen 4 goals divided equally by the half time:
1. Roberto Firmino is proving to be a goalscoring threat with the Reds.
The Brazilian has been churning up a mixed bag of performances ever since he joined Liverpool from the Bundesliga over the summer but whenever he has played as a striker, he has simply been lethal. In the four games he has led the line, he has three goals as well as three assists. It should be noted that two of those matches were against Manchester City and Arsenal.
With Sturridge crocked and Benteke prone to shooting blanks, Firmino might just be what Liverpool needed to replace a certain Uruguayan.
2. Simon Mignolet is just sub-par.
Mignolet’s move from Sunderland to Liverpool garnered a lot of attention as the keeper was known to be highly inconsistent and dodgy against crosses at best. It has come back to haunt Liverpool as their cost cutting measures have left them with two clowns covering the posts. One simply flaps at crosses while the other manages to let in a corner directly into the goal. Klopp will definitely look to improve in this aspect as he looks to cement Liverpool into the Champions League places for the season.
3. Henderson is pulling all the strings for Liverpool
Jordan Henderson along with Charlie Adam had been the butt of several jokes directed towards the Merseyside club from the rival supporters over the last few seasons but while Adam has been offloaded, Henderson continues to produce the goods and is turning out to be exactly what they needed on the pitch with a commanding presence not unlike Matic last season or Toure the season before that.
4. Liverpool defence is in shambles
Liverpool conceded three goals against the Gunners with none of them standing out to be of exceptional quality. The goals had all been the result of bad defensive positions as well as individual errors from them as well as the keeper. It simply cannot continue if Liverpool want to challenge the top of the table as they need to build on their attacking performances and shore up their defence to even have a shot at the Champions League spots. Lovren’s return might placate some nerves but they might need even more to be competitive against the likes of Tottenham and United.
5. Liverpool can still cut it amongst the best
Liverpool have beaten Chelsea, Manchester City and have drawn with both the North London clubs over the season gone by and will be looking to build on it as the season progresses. It is a welcome change from the last season when they were swept aside with ease by the title chasers. With the world class Klopp at the helm, Liverpool fans can begin to dream. Again.
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