Liverpool and Arsenal deservedly had a tie

Liverpool and Arsenal deservedly had a tie

The Merseyside Liverpool in the eleventh round of the EPL visited filled Emirates expecting to extend the race with Manchester City for the championship title; however, achieved only a draw result 1:1. Arsenal at home held the lossless series of thirteen matches and contend to get into the top four, just like before.

The match began with domination of Unai Emery’s team. the hosts, whose manager chose 4-2-3-1 formation for the match, built attacks through right wing of Liverpool’s defense. Trent Alexander-Arnold worked on the position in the match. The Englishman lost swift Aubameyang, who was helped by Colasinac.

Klopp’s team went out in the usual formation 4-3-3. With the absence of injured Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson, the center of midfield consisted of Milner, Wijnaldum and Fabinho, who played a role of a breakwater. Most of all, the Liverpool newbie got into action with Torreira and for that he received a yellow card in the second half.

After twenty minutes of aggressive pressing from Arsenal, Liverpool kept the ball to themselves. The guests had attacks through Mohamed Salah, but the main threat came after free kicks. Virgil Van Dijk did not take advantage of goal moments, having stayed at the position of the center-forward after corner kicks and did not open the score in the end of the first half.

Arsenal managed to nullify Liverpool’s main quality – the pressing at enemy goal. Thanks to Unai Emery’s ideas, the Gunners this season perfectly move from defense with the help of short passes. Using the wings of attack, the Gunners threatened Alisson’s goal, but could not score. The high line of defense in Liverpool caught Arsenal’s attacking three in the artificial offside and the concrete center of midfield excluded Ozil as the main threat for the last pass.

In the second half, one of Mane’s breakthroughs in the left wing ended with success. The Senegalese crossed near the pitch and Leno passed the ball on Milner in an attempt to capture the leather projectile. Liverpool’s captain in this match did not miss on a half-empty goal of the hosts. After that, Klopp restructured the formation to 4-4-2, leaving Salah and Firmino on the edge to realize lightning-fast counter-attacks.

However, Iwobi’s exit to the left wing changed the picture of what was happening. The Nigerian kept terrorizing tired Trent, and because of that he made a mistake in the end of the match. Lacazette slipped into the penalty box after Iwobi’s pass, tricked Alisson and show under the far post, having set the final equal score in the match.

This draw turned out to be logical conclusion in the match of two equal teams. Liverpool had more moments for a goal, but Van Dijk since his time at Groningen hasn’t played on the position of the center-forward. The Reds; defense made mistakes and mainly they came from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wing. Therefore Klopp should think about returning Gomez to the right and Lovren to the center. While Arsenal showed that their defense is far from perfect and one cannot climb high in the tournament table with one swift attack.