Liverpool lost the chance to claim a record points total in an English league campaign, with a loss at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Reds were arguably the better side, restricting Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to just three shots in total. Two of those three efforts, however, came as Jürgen Klopp’s side lost possession playing out from the back, and the Gunners made them count.
One rare mistake from Virgil van Dijk led to an Alexandre Lacazette strike, while the second from Alisson Becker saw Reiss Nelson gifted a goal. These cancelled out a Sadio Mané opener, following good work from Andrew Robertson.
Mané was the best player on either side, arguably, but couldn’t find a winner as Liverpool pressed and pressed.
Klopp’s side were by no means poor, but these defensive errors are more commonplace since the league title was confirmed. Has concentration slipped? On the evidence we’ve seen of late, undoubtedly.
Your ratings, after some a second disappointing result this week:
Ali 5.5 – After a Virgil mistake it was clear that anything was possible today. Cue an Alisson error.
Trent 6 – Booked when stopping a counter-attack created by his own poor touch. Summarised his night. Could have seen a cross turned home by Salah, though.
JoGo 6.5 – Can have no complaints with his performance, but the young Englishman was not as dominant as he sometimes is.
Big Virg 5.5 – I’m still reeling from what was an unequivocal Virgil screw up. Arguably his first clear error in a Liverpool shirt. He’ll make up for it.
Robbo 7 – Arguably the Reds’ creator-in-chief, attacking well to set up Mané’s goal, but wasted a couple of promising situations.
Ox 6 – Always looks better when the game is played at a fast pace. Today, Ox was uncomfortable too often when given time on the ball.
Fab 6.5 – The Brazilian was not quite at the level that he has set recently, but still arguably Liverpool’s best midfielder again.
Gini 6.5 – Was allowed to press high on the Arsenal right, which he enjoyed and did well, but never looked like finding a killer pass as Liverpool pressed.
Mo 5.5 – Poor, by the Egyptian’s standards. Saw a shot tipped over when he finally found some space in the box, but spurned several good chances.Embed from Getty Images
Bobby 6 – Was a bright light early on, deflecting a block onto the post when charging down Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, but dwindled before his substitution.
Sadio 8 – The best player on the pitch, in all honesty. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Naby 7 – Liverpool look a better football team with Naby Keïta on the pitch right now. Is that telling?
Taki 7 – Beginning to impress me more and more. Provided impetus.
Divvy 6.5 – Little time to make an impact.
Big Shaq 6.5 – Found the net in injury time, but Origi was adjudged to have fouled in the build-up. First minutes since January were always going to be slow.
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