Jurgen Klopp‘s men were under the cosh for almost the entire first half at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, but they managed to get through that period.
The Reds then produced a smash-and-grab second half showing, as a Jakub Kiwior own goal and a Luis Diaz strike sent them into the fourth round.
Here’s the best of the media reaction to Liverpool’s win.
Liverpool really displayed their winning edge…
David Lynch hailed the mental fortitude on show by the Reds, following a poor start:
“Liverpool obviously fortunate at times today but a) they also improved as the game went on and b) it’s Arsenal away from home!
“If you can’t dominate, then show resilience, and this team has that in spades. A truly brilliant, hard-fought win.”
On X, Neil Jones described it as a “significant win” in Liverpool’s season:
Big celebrations at the end from Liverpool, and no wonder.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) January 7, 2024
Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail felt similarly, even though the game may not have felt huge in the lead-up to kickoff:
“Sometimes, the importance of a match like Arsenal-Liverpool is laced with questions about the significance of the game beyond the desire to avoid a replay.
“Those questions hung over this game, too, but by the time it was over, it was hard to doubt its significance for both sides.
“Their win, achieved despite the absence of their talisman Mo Salah, who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, moved them into the fourth round draw and provided another huge boost to their confidence.
“The impetus in a season that once felt as if it would belong to Aresenal has shifted north to Merseyside.”
Lewis Steele said Klopp’s tactical alternations were a key reason for the victory:
Maybe not directly but Klopp’s changes won that tie for Liverpool. By far second best in the first half but switching Diaz to the right and Nunez to the left, plus Jota’s introduction, added some spark. More control in midfield, too, and limited Odegaard’s influence. #LFC ?
— Lewis Steele (@LewisSteele_) January 7, 2024
“They were grateful for Arsenal‘s poor finishing in the first half but Klopp’s side were always in the game and, even without Salah, they possess menace in their forward line and that was increasingly in evidence as the game went on.
“Ibrahima Konate in particular stood out – proving he can produce commanding performances even without Van Dijk alongside him – while young defender Jarell Quansah continues to impress in the absence of Joel Matip.”
This is a season that is growing in momentum by the week…
Liverpool are thriving across several competitions – something that the Guardian‘s David Hytner focused on:
“The need for them to recover momentum was greater. Liverpool, sitting pretty at the top of the table, had the security of their shot at Carabao Cup glory; they face Fulham in their semi-final first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.”
“For the second season in a row Arsenal have gone out of this competition to what was, at the time, their closest rivals.
“Manchester City knocked them out in the fourth round of that campaign, and will of course have a say this time round, and a weakened Liverpool have done so now.
“It will lead to angst and soul-searching at Arsenal as to the wastefulness of their attack – with Kai Havertz a husk of a centre-forward as he spurned chance after chance – and while Liverpool were hardly deadly they are in the hat.”
Finally, This Is Anfield‘s Lynch wondered if another 63-game season be on the horizon for Liverpool:
“In the build-up to this game, much was made of the fact that a draw resulting in a replay would be the worst possible outcome. But too many took that to mean that Klopp would simply throw in the towel, naming a team guaranteed to suffer a defeat that would remove the FA Cup from his list of concerns for the season.
“The German did, of course, make some changes, but he still put out a team capable of – and, judging by their performance, hellbent on – securing passage to the next round.
“That should put to bed any notion that Liverpool won’t be giving everything to keep making their way to the latter stages of this competition, even with fixtures piling up.
“With that in mind, Reds supporters should prepare themselves for another four-fronted tilt for honours and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it.
“Are we in for another 63 game season…?”