(Arsenal-Liverpool 0-2) Arsenal have been on top – and good – against Liverpool for a long time. Then Diogo Jota (25) appeared and scored his seventh goal against “Arsenal” in 18 months.
The scorer was replaced soon after. However, Roberto Firmino decided he fantasized about doing his job and removed it with a sure header. The Brazilian, who lost his place at the top in many ways to Jota, doubled the lead minutes later.
It was the final goal of the match and ensured that Liverpool now truly breathes Manchester City in the neck at the top of the table.
Tonight’s strong win away from home means there is a thin difference in points between the two at the top of the table. The Giants will meet in Manchester on Sunday, April 10.
Not many thought we would fight for the title at this time, but we are. It’s a great team and it has one more point than us. Liverpool defender Andy Robertson told Sky Sports that the two teams will do everything they can to achieve a strong final race after the national team’s suspension.
Head coach Jurgen Klopp will not focus too much on the title fight. He realizes this was a real struggle for his crew.
We started well and put pressure on them, but then the game opened and we made a mistake. We should have stood taller and solved it better tactically. We struggled against their compact squad and needed more movement, Klopp tells TV 2.
On the other hand, the German liked a lot from what he saw for his team after the break. But not everything.
– After the break, we started off with a superb Allison save after Thiago’s pass back. Jota’s goal was exciting. It was important to get the first result. That’s it in these fights. We have played a lot of matches since we last met. They had a slightly simpler program. It’s clearly getting into play. We had to fight our way through this game, but we did it, says Klopp.
With Mohamed Salah on the bench, Liverpool were knocked out of the mainstays in north London. The home team had more than enough to sum it up after their intense opening minutes.
Then Klopp’s guys looked like they were getting a little carried away. Aside from a dangerous header from defensive giant Virgil van Dijk, the guests weren’t even close to anything before changing sides.
Arsenal managed the match periodically, but Liverpool’s defensive wall resisted, although Gabriel Martinelli sometimes did what he wanted with Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The pitch clock showed 0-0 when referee Andre Marriner blew half the time.
– In November, there was a class difference between the two teams. It was now a game with two teams that were just as good, TV 2 football expert Nils Johan Semb summed up.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher had a clear idea of why the title contender didn’t make it to the polls in the capital.
“They simply weren’t able to handle Arsenal’s intensity,” the former English Sky Sports midfielder summed up.
The second half was in the first minute of his life when Sadio Mane put the ball in the net after it was played in the back room.
The Senegalese was safe on his own with Arsenal defender Aaron Ramsdale, but quickly ran away – and quite rightly – offside.
Then the Emirates really caught on fire.
The replay, signed by midfielder Thiago, allowed Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette to take the ball around Liverpool goalkeeper Alison Becker.
The angle was somewhat slanted for the Frenchman who took Martin Odegaard with him.
Only the captain of the national team could arrange the ball and send it to the net, but in an incredible way Alisson managed to reconcile them.
This is how it can happen in football. I didn’t see that Lacazette was there. Fortunately, we have our goalkeeper, Thiago says of the situation to Sky Sports.
– Had Odegaard put it against Alisson, then…But Alisson is the match winner, and you have to have that if you want to win the Premier League, said TV2 commentator Oywind Alsaker full-time with a decision.
Just a minute later, Thiago, who was about to cost Liverpool a terrible setback before, will have a little revenge. An elegant wand between the stopper and the back sent Diogo Jota to escape.
The question couldn’t have been asked twice what Arsenal’s enemy had been like lately.
The Portuguese swept the bottom of the rootstock and could thank Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdal for a small gift as he ran to celebrate the first goal of the match.
Shortly thereafter, Jota was taken off the field and replaced by Roberto Firmino. With the “old” front three in place, it didn’t take long before the ball sang once more into the net behind Ramsdale.
Attack with three very strong wins, finished by the goal after a great ball from Firmino on the post and Andy Robertson.
Then the opposite hill suddenly became too heavy for Mikel Arteta’s men, who were never again in combat.
Gabriel Martinelli could have scored another goal in the 87th minute, but the visitors’ keeper miscalculated with a header.
It ended with Liverpool winning in North London.
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