WOW – Liverpool beat Arsenal at The Emirates in the opening game of the season. What a game it was, full of twists and turns that really sent the hearts racing. We did it.
Battle won in midfield
Klopp realises that to win the games against the ‘big boys’ midfield needs to be contained. That’s where a lot of battles will be won. Mourinho knows this after the purchase of Pogba for a world record fee. So it wasn’t a surprise of to see a tight midfield and an interchanging front 3. Last season we played a similar style with Firmino acting as a false 9 against Chelsea and Man City and it had a similar effect.
We had new signing Wijnaldum along side Henderson and Lallana in a three-man midfield behind Mane, Firmino and Coutinho. Liverpool were set up to frustrate the Gunners with our high-intensity style of play. I think we were hoping for a similar intensity to what we witnessed against Barcelona. Arsenal were having central defence issues, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice out, their defence was for the taking.
Arsenal struck 1st
However Arsenal did have the best of the opportunities, but that was mainly down to the truly awful ‘defender’ Moreno.
He allowed Bellerin and Walcott acres of space to exploit. To make matters worse he then went on to conced the penalty for a foul on Walcott.
Thankfully Mignolet came to the rescue with a good save. Moreno then gave Arsenal another opportunity to score by proving them enough space, this time Walcott too advantage scoring.
Coutinho, who had been away from the action for most of the 1st half produced a moment of magic.
And what a free kick it was, his shot curling into the top corner just before the break. Now ready for some Klopp magic to inspire a win..?
Klopp inspired our win
Adam Lallana praised his manager for the turnaround. “It was a very entertaining game,” he told Sky Sports.
“We didn’t start so brightly after a good pre-season but it’s always difficult coming to Arsenal.
“The manager had a few words for us at half-time and we responded brilliantly. We got a bit complacent at 4-1, but Arsenal are a top team.
“We want to achieve something special this year we have to be more disciplined as a unit.”
No changes were made at half time, however you could see that something was said in the changing room. Liverpool were really fired up. With Wijnaldum and Lallana working more effectively ghosting forward with no-one able to pick them up it was hardly surprising one of them would score. Lallana received an inch perfect pass from Wijnaldum and slotted it past Cech.
Attack at every opportunity
Klopp standing there screaming can really help 2 ways, motivating his players and antagonising the Arsenal supporters. Who in turn started to turn against Wenger and their players.
Klopp was demanding more, knowing that so many times last season we were winning and either won or occasionally lost. Attack they did them forward at every opportunity, Liverpool’s positively attacking at will. Then Coutinho struck again, receiving a sublime cross from Clyne making made it 3-1 just before the hour mark.
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Liverpool were now two goals ahead, but they wanted more. We were in for an eventful afternoon.
Mane soon made it 4-1 with an incredible goal. Showing what we really missed last season. He picked the ball up on the right hand side, took it wide, ghosted past Arsenals defence before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot into the top corner.
WHAT A GOAL!! – certainly the cherry on the cake for his performance.
A couple of moments of lapses in concentration allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers to score. This meant over 15 mins of nail biting….whilst we hung on to a famous victory.
Thankfully there was no more drama. We can now relax knowing that Liverpool beat Arsenal at the Emirates. What a way to start the season….i’m shattered just thinking about it all again….phew!