Liverpool’s defensive fragility again came out to play with Arsenal inflicting the second league defeat of the season, with a 3-2 loss keeping the Reds on a lowly 10 points.
Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool
Premier League (8), The Emirates
October 9, 2022
That’s 10 of the last 12 league games that Liverpool have conceded first.
The pressure was piled on Klopp’s side, with the threat of being exposed on the counter a real one as the flanks were left exposed for Arsenal‘s forwards and midfield to run into.
But the lion’s share of possession soon came Liverpool’s way to help find them their feet in the contest, calming the nerves, creating chances and turning into the side asking the questions.
A knee injury to Diaz forced him off just before the break, Roberto Firmino his replacement, and at a time when Liverpool had to be aware of the clock and stay disciplined, they let Arsenal slice through them from their own offensive free-kick.
Bukayo Saka converted at the back post in the final seconds of the half, but the Reds were not without their chances to stop the play in its infancy. Frustration to hope and back again.
Half time: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
- Conceded first in 10 of the last 12 league games
- Nunez’s first goal since opening day; Firmino nets 10th against Gunners
- Diaz forced off in first half with knee injury
Just seven minutes and some chaotic defending in the box later, Saka converted from the spot after Michael Oliver dished out a soft penalty, no doubt swayed by Gabriel Jesus’ acting skills but not helped by the inability to clear the lines.
The result moves Arsenal back to the top of the table and keeps Liverpool on a lowly 10 points after eight games.
There’s little time to wait for the next match as a trip to Rangers awaits on Wednesday evening.
TIA Man of the Match: Roberto Firmino
Referee: Michael Oliver
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Partey, Odegaard (Tierney 82′), Xhaka; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus (Nketiah 91′)
Subs not used: Turner, Holding, Cedric, Lokonga, Vieira, Marquinhos, Nelson
Subs not used: Kelleher, Phillips, Milner, Carvalho
Next Match: Rangers (A) – Champions League – Wednesday, October 12, 8pm (BST)