An early goal against the run of play may have handed the Gunners the early advantage thanks to the calamity that was Andy Robertson‘s attempted clearance, but it was to be nothing but a consolation.
Alisson would prove to be an immovable barrier before a flurry of opportunities would come Liverpool‘s way to seal the game in the second half, but it was to be Diogo Jota who had the final say as he volleyed home his maiden goal for the club on his Anfield debut.
For Robertson, the only negative, his assist at the wrong end aside, was not having more goals on the scoresheet to reflect a dominant performance where it mattered most:
“Our defensive display was very good, our attacking was very good. The only thing we can maybe say is we maybe could have taken a couple more of the chances.
“Of course, the goal could have been avoided – it was definitely the worst assist I’ve ever given!
“Luckily, I popped up at the other end and I didn’t let that get to me. So, I’m pleased about that. And hopefully, the next time that ball comes in I’ll clear it 60 yards the other way.”
The 23-year-old played just 10 minutes but left an impression having followed in the pressing footsteps of Mane and found himself making all the right runs – a natural game the manager encouraged him to play.
And he broke down Klopp’s instructions and how he was constantly preparing himself to enter the fray when he spoke to LFCTV post-match:
“Arsenal are playing really well with good momentum. So, [Klopp] just told me to keep the pressing that we were doing very well in the match.
“And with the ball, just be happy, play my best – and that’s what I tried to do. I think in the end he was pleased with that.
“When we are on the bench we are watching the game closely, with attention. We know we could come on at any moment and we could have a chance to decide the game in the few moments that we are on. That’s what I try to do – always be focused.
“And when I’m on the pitch I’m always ready to do my best.”
And after the match, Jota and his teammates were quick to take to social media to celebrate their latest victory.
Finally, Robertson once again did not hide from his error at the back but was happy to put it right in a performance which saw the entire team shine:
It’s another win on the board and three points added to the early season tally, and if there were any questions pertaining to the mentality of this squad they are being answered emphatically one game at a time.
And it will be a case of deja vu when Liverpool next take to the field, with the same movie played out with a different cast as Arsenal return to Anfield to play out the fourth round of the League Cup.