Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
Stacy Diaz | 04 November, 2018, 10:57

Due to Liverpool's dominant start to the season, Klopp, who was talking to the media ahead of the crucial fixture away at Arsenal, played down rumours of any incomings, suggesting something drastic would have to happen in order for The Reds to act in the window.

When it came, in the 83rd minute through Alexandre Lacazette's curling strike, it was a moment that owed as much to the belief of the fans as the drive of the players.

"We have all that we need. It gives us the big regularity for the season - 38 matches", he said.

It's the reason that at the end, I think 1-1 is a good result for how we did in the 90 minutes after 1-0 when we are losing and it's the reason we are happy 50 per cent.

From the moment this match began, you could tell that Arsenal and Liverpool were complete equals. "I don't feel like we dropped two points", the BBC reported that the German mused.

"It's a pity that it didn't count, we made a few more mistakes tonight than the ref, but it would have been nice if that goal counted".

James Milner may not get the plaudits Liverpool's front three receive on a consistent basis, but his importance to the team is undeniable.

I'm not saying Liverpool are a long ball team every week, I'm just saying that on Saturday that's how they played.

It was the fifth goal of the season for the Frenchman who kept Arsenal's unbeaten run intact, now extended to 14 games. They weren't great, but they still managed to get a good result.

In the first half Alisson did something similar but Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn't make him pay, while he was then caught out a little on Lacazette's brilliant equalizer. That's OK. Our set-pieces were outstanding and we should have scored from them.

"Maybe today we are more near those teams". Both came and flapped at crosses during the game which nearly saw them concede, but on Liverpool's goal Leno was caught pushing a harmless cross back into danger when he probably should have stood back and let one of his defenders clear. Good saves to deny deny Virgil Van Dijk in either half but also misread a cross which allowed the defender to head on to the post, and should have done better in controlling the cross that led to the goal. We didn't have that often enough.

Lacazette ran on to a pass from Alex Iwobi in the 82nd minute and held off goalkeeper Alisson, creating enough space to fire a hard shot into the far corner.

Indeed, the Reds have only conceded four goals in 10 games in the English top flight so far, although Lovren has started in the middle of the defence and Gomez at full-back in their last two games.