Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
Premier League, Emirates
November 3, 2018
Milner 61′ (assist – Mane)
Lacazette 82′ (assist – Iwobi)
A relative reprieve of comfortable fixtures ended for Liverpool on Saturday, making way for a tough trip to the capital to take on Arsenal.
With the Gunners enjoying an excellent start to life under Unai Emery, victory over the new-look hosts was imperative as the Reds looked to keep up with Man City at the top.
With Emery roaring them on from the touchline, Arsenal posed a considerable test for Liverpool, and it ultimately led to a share of the points.
- Klopp makes three changes with Milner among those to return
- Mane’s early strike wrongly ruled out for offside
- Milner opens scoring after Klopp’s switch to a 4-2-3-1
- Lacazette equalises with excellent strike, Alisson left stranded
- Liverpool move back to top spot with Man City to play on Sunday
The Reds had the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes after a great ball from the right-back, however, but Sadio Mane was flagged for offside after Roberto Firmino‘s dink came back off the upright.
Alexandre Lacazette flashed a powerful low effort just wide as the Reds’ defence struggled for stability, and the Frenchman then beat Alisson from close range only for Shkodran Mustafi to be waved offside in the buildup.
With Liverpool given a free-kick at the end of the half, Van Dijk hit the post as he nodded on James Milner‘s delivery, with another strange refereeing call ignoring a foul from Leno.
Responding to a difficult half, Klopp changed his system at the break, moving to a 4-2-3-1 with Milner out wide on the right and Salah up front ahead of Firmino.
After a frenetic start to the second 45 in which Arsenal created a host of openings, it was Klopp’s wingers who broke the deadlock, with Mane’s cross palmed out to Milner to drive home low and hard.
Mane went close to adding a second after Firmino’s brilliant pass released Salah, but he wasn’t able to meet the Egyptian’s ball across, before Firmino headed just wide from a corner.
A period of sustained pressure followed for Liverpool, with Leno forced to tip Van Dijk’s header over the bar from another corner, and Klopp looked to heap in on further as he sent on Xherdan Shaqiri.
TIA Man of the Match: Andy Robertson
Referee: Andre Marriner
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac (Welbeck 80′); Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan (Iwobi 68′), Ozil, Aubameyang (Ramsey 73′); Lacazette
Subs not used: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe
Subs not used: Mignolet, Moreno, Lallana, Sturridge, Origi
Next Match: Red Star (A) – Champions League – Tuesday, November 6, 5.55pm