Liverpool fans experienced almost every emotion possible, but Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Arsenal left an overwhelming sense of frustration—again.
Arsenal 3–3 Liverpool
Premier League, Emirates Stadium
December 22, 2017
Goals: Sanchez (54’) Xhaka (56’) Ozil (58’); Coutinho (26‘), Salah (52‘), Firmino (70’)
What was expected to be an absolute humdinger of a contest at the Emirates lived up to expectation as the Reds played out an incredible draw with the Gunners.
Philippe Coutinho’s delightful lobbed header gave Liverpool a fully deserved half-time lead, which only the Reds’ wastefulness prevented being more.
Mohamed Salah’s calm finish gave the Reds breathing space, but missed chances came back to haunt as three goals in four minutes from Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xkaka and Mesut Ozil spun the game round.
Remarkably it was 3-3 on 70 minutes after Roberto Firmino’s shot looped in to set up a grand slam final 20 minutes, but both sides had to settle for a share of the points.
Here’s how Kopites reacted to the entertaining stalemate on social media and across our forums.
Fans bemoaned the costly missed chances in the first half, and were particularly disappointed with Mane…
Full Time 3-3
How on earth we have not won that game, well only the forwards would know, too many missed chances, Migs very poor with that 2nd Arsenal goal. Before the match a draw is not bad, but after leading 2-0 is very disappointing indeed. Night all #YNWA
— James (@HotActionKop) December 22, 2017
So many wasted chances again, would've taken a draw before the game. But to fuck up a 2-0 in 6 minutes is unreal. I imagine Karius will be in net for the upcoming games
— GCIIMessi (@GCIIMessi) December 22, 2017
“Missed too many chances and mistakes cost us feel sorry for Lovren & Klavan who played well.”
– Sportbilly1966 on the forums
“Could have won 5-0…. wasteful in front of goal, useless keeper, lost concentration due to over confidence and then panicked! Useless…”
– lfceddie on the forums
Mane wasn't happy being subbed on 80mins but he was lucky wasn't subbed much earlier. Constantly lost the ball chasing his 1st touch. Sadio being Sadio will always be dangerous which is probably why Klopp kept him on.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) December 22, 2017
“We really should have put the game beyond Arsenal in the first half. We were too profligate. Mane looks seriously out of form.”
– Fullmetal on the forums
Kopites were infuriated by the second-half defensive collapse, criticising the lack of maturity in performance and Mignolet’s part in it…
I'm done with Mignolet.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) December 22, 2017
Inability to manage games where they are clearly the better side has cost Liverpool yet again. Question of character not just personnel. Not a million miles off being unplayable this side, though.
— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) December 22, 2017
Fed the fuck up with having to settle for a point from games we have dominated. This was never going to be dull but losing 3 goals in 5 minutes, 30 seconds after going 2-0 up, is just a big pile of unacceptable shite, gutted #LFC
— Paul Austin (@PaulBigpaulie) December 22, 2017
LFC away at good teams this season:
I think I've identified the problem here
— nate (@natefc) December 22, 2017
Yes the attack missed chances but they scored 3 goals. Should be enough to win any game. The defence (& i include midfield protection & team in general) conceding 3 when we were in apparent total control is our achiles heel.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) December 22, 2017
A great point without context but another example of how this side is unable to control games when the opposition mount a sustained period of pressure. #LFC
— Hari Sethi (@Hari_Sethi) December 22, 2017
Feel for our centre halves tonight. Terrific but let down by full backs and goalkeeper
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) December 22, 2017
Liverpool need to sign a goalkeeper. Clearly a centre back or two. Clearly a better defensive-minded midfielder. But most of all, the club needs to sign a captain. ASAP.
— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) December 22, 2017
There was mixed feelings on the overall result…
Dear God that was a ridiculous football match to watch. I think I'm happy with a point. I think. I can't work it out to be honest. Wild.
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) December 22, 2017
An absolute bonkers, and at times, comical, way to get what is actually a pretty good result. These Reds la.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) December 22, 2017
Like watching England’s cricket team, a great session ruined by a batting collapse.
Need to sort out the capitulation, but we are still boss at footy!!!
— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) December 22, 2017
A draw is not the end of the world but it feels like a loss, we really fucked that up
— – (@AllezTheReds) December 22, 2017
“Now I know how AC Milan felt.”
– Ubermick on the forums
Individual mistakes cost us again. We showed bottle to get back into the game. The same mistakes. Point gained rather than 3 lost.
— FootyElnino (@Footyelnino) December 22, 2017
Don't know what I'm supposed to be feeling??
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) December 22, 2017
That was mad but a draw at Arsenal is a decent result. Could have been much more but I'd have taken it at 3-2 because they were all over us at that stage.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) December 22, 2017