They’ll need to win out their next three matches hit that mark. Up first: Arsenal.
Back in August, Liverpool blew the Gunners off the field 3-1. The match wasn’t that close. Liverpool fired off 25 shots to Arsenal’s 8. Mo Salah depantsed David Luiz. A packed Anfield was rocking.
Can Liverpool put up a similar performance at an empty Emirates?
Doesn’t look like it early! Liverpool continuing their frustrating trend of looking like the better team, going up, and then letting up. Is Jordan Henderson really that important to this squad? Does his accountability matter that much? It must. Liverpool down 2-1 at the half.
Second half is a giant 💩and the points record is now out of reach. Liverpool lose 2-1. Disappointing.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp () –
Boss rolls out what I’d argue is his strongest XI sans-Hendo. Unfortunately, let’s them take their foot off the gas after going up early AGAIN. This is maddening. Klopp is the best manager in the world but he could use a little more of the Bill Bellichick “no days off” attitude. The subs were too late. And why didn’t he have TAA as the fulcrum of the offense and attacking the Luiz flank?
Alisson (4) –
Almost saved VVD’s blunder with a valiant effort. However, his careless pass and turnover put Arsenal ahead. Adrian-esque.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) –
Hasn’t been in form since the restart. Today wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. Surprised he didn’t see more of the ball.
Virgil van Dijk (3) –
WTF is going on with him? VVD is the best CB in the world…except when he’s being casual like this. Totally and utterly sloppy giveaway leads to the Arsenal opener. More sloppy passing after that critical error. Just brutal. The words “David Luiz was better than Virgil van Dijk” should never be uttered unless out of irony.
Joe Gomez (6) –
Made no mistakes which for today means he was great!
Andy Robertson (7.5) –
Iron lunging it today. Gorgeous ball in to Mane for an assist on the opener. Best effort among the backline for sure.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5) –
Back where he’s most effective (midfield) against his old club. Except he’s not really effective today. Couple of shots but not much to speak of today. Comes off in the 62nd for Keita.
Fabinho (6) –
Was…fine. Didn’t have that creative pass or laser rocket from 90 yards out in his pocket when we needed it. Effort was not lacking though.
Gini Wijnaldum (6) –
A “stats better than what I saw” game for Gini. Worked hard. Won tackles. Completed 96% of his passes and saw plenty of the ball. Wasn’t the problem or the solution today. Subbed off late for Xherdan Shaqiri.
Mo Salah (5) –
150th start for the Egyptian King. Threatening again but still getting denied by strong keeper work. Quiet in second half. Frustrating. Should’ve lit Luiz up. Subbed off late for Big Div.
Sadio Mane (7.5) –
One of those “holy shit Mane is fast” days. Strong and confident finish on the opener. Where was that last match??? Dispossessed too often (6 times!) but also took 6 shots. He was the most active and effective of the front three.
Roberto Firmino (5.5) –
Looks more locked in early on. Almost deflects a Martinez drop-kick into the goal. Otherwise, sees a lot of the ball but doesn’t create much. No shots on goal. Subbed off in the 61st for Minamino.
Takumi Minamino (6) – Comes on in the 61st for Bobby. Gets a shot off quickly that goes just wide off a deflection. Good effort but nothing to show for it.
The Looks Great in Training Naby KeitaTM (6) – Will he make a difference today? Because we need it. Lively out the gate, particularly with some penetrating dribbles. Maybe needs to be a super-sub. Seems more effective of late like this than when given the chance to play 90.
Divock Origi (NR) – Comes on for Salah. No time to make an impact.
Xherdan Shaqiri (NR) – Shaq is back! Comes on late for Gini. No time to make an impact.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Let’s give it to Mane and then pretend this game didn’t happen.