Liverpool ‘unstoppable’ produce ‘full display’ in Arsenal 4-0 defeat – Liverpool FC
The media watching them were blown away by Liverpool’s performance in their 4-0 win over Arsenal, as they erased memories of the loss to West Ham.
The Reds were magnificent at Anfield on Saturday night, getting off to a relatively slow start before knocking down their opponents.
Sadio Mane gave the hosts a halftime lead but it was in the second half that Liverpool activated the style, with Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino all at the net.
It was a victory that showed just how far Jurgen Klopp’s men have a head start over Arsenal, despite the fit Gunners being tipped for a pre-game result.
Here’s a look at the media reaction to Liverpool’s victory.
It was a statement performance from the Reds and some were extremely impressed …
The Echo of Liverpool‘s Paul Gorst thought Liverpool didn’t care about potentially tough opponents:
âA must-win has been won in a certain style. Shown from the outside as the biggest challenge for a fit Arsenal since starting their 10-game unbeaten streak in September, that would only be truly true if proper representation of Liverpool presented itself.
âFive points lost in the last two games against Brighton and West Ham suggests it was not necessarily taken for granted, but there was no doubt about the outcome here once the hosts really got down to it.
“All fears that the international break would help the Reds come out of their mini-doldrums were stamped out as they put the Gunners to the sword in a ruthless way they sometimes made a hallmark this season.
âRank that alongside 5-0 hammering from Watford and Manchester United; it was Liverpool’s most comprehensive display at Anfield in some time.
Rob draper of Daily mail claimed Arsenal were helpless after the break, with their tactics not working:
“Liverpool found their rhythm at Anfield last night as Arsenal found the limits of their recent resurgence.
âMikel Arteta’s return to this team after a historically poor start to the season has been really impressive with eight wins and two draws in the last ten games. Still, he didn’t survive a forensic examination by a Liverpool side with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Diogo Jota to the best of their ability.
âTo be fair, few teams would. But Arteta made it easier, with his desire to be at the forefront, apparently daring Liverpool to sweep it by persisting with Pierre Emerick-Aubemeyang and Alex Lacazette up front with Emile Smith Rowe and Buyako Saka pushing far.
âLiverpool duly obliged. Frustrated for long stretches by a heroic Aaron Ramsdale, when they finally broke through Arsenal they overwhelmed them, an unstoppable force in the second half.
Mark Jones of Mirror praised Liverpool for finding their best form when they really needed it:
âIt was only whispered around Anfield before the game, but it was probably Liverpool’s biggest Premier League game of the season so far.
âChelsea’s impressive win at Leicester earlier today had the Blues up to the top with six points and seven over Liverpool, and the Reds really couldn’t afford to let that gap grow. dig.
“Arsenal’s form coming into the game also made things trickier, but after the Gunners clashed with Liverpool to start, it was the Reds who ultimately advanced several gears ahead of them.
“They were superb at times, especially in the second half.”
Others felt that Mikel Arteta’s fight with Klopp backfired and was a key moment …
TIA James nalton was one of those thanking the Arsenal boss for his contribution:
“Mikel Arteta was obviously listening when Arsenal fans started chanting ‘where’s your famous vibe’ in the first half, because he was the one who really lit the sideline on it.
âA sideline confrontation between him and Jurgen Klopp turned what was a fairly flat game, on the pitch and in the stands, into something entirely more lively.
âLiverpool tested Aaron Ramsdale who may have celebrated his saves a bit too early, while managers’ altercation on the sideline turned the volume up at Anfield and gave players extra momentum to finally score a goal.
âA Fabinho last-man tackle on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also a good moment in that regard, and the goal finally came as the crowd’s influence grew, thanks in large part to Arteta.
âThis is your atmosphere, thank you. “
The Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe joined this sentiment:
“When Mikel Arteta sees him again, he will be forced to question his own role and whether he was guilty of courage or naivety. Most will accuse him of the latter.
“For 33 minutes, Arsenal did pretty well. Of course, Liverpool controlled the ball but didn’t do much of it, and visiting fans were singing a song about whether the Anfield atmosphere was everything she was meant to be.
âArteta, perhaps emboldened by the relative serenity and the way his defense nullified the Liverpool forwards, decided to face Jurgen Klopp in a screaming match. By proxy, he called her to the whole stadium. It turns out that this is not the wisest decision.
Carl Markham of Independent felt that this was naive behavior on Arteta’s part:
âGunners boss Mikel Arteta, remembered here for his time as an Everton player, discovered the dangers of shaking the Anfield cage at his expense as a sideline burst with Klopp ignited the atmosphere and energized the home team.
“It was this incident that saw the game catch fire as Liverpool players used the injection of emotion to assert their territorial advantage.”
The influential Liverpool midfielder has received particular praise …
Metronomical Thiago received a positive review from Jones:
âFrom the start it was clear that Liverpool would seek to put Thiago Alcantara on the ball as often as he could, and for good reason.
âHis passes may not always be forward, but they are forward-thinking, as a smart ball in the first half for Fabinho showed with the Reds immediately put on the front foot.
“Most of their worthy attacks in the first half involved Thiago in a sense, and if he can stay in shape he will be a key player over the next few weeks.”
Bascombe was also impressed with the silky Spanish:
âFor Liverpool there was the reassuring familiarity of a comfortable win over Arsenal. For Mikel Arteta, only the grim reality has changed little since their early season losses to Chelsea and Manchester City.
“Thiago, back to replace Jordan Henderson, has been allowed to control the tempo, while Fabinho’s presence still makes Liverpool look like potential title winners.”
Ultimately, Nalton praised the chemistry between midfielder trio Fabinho, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:
âLiverpool’s lineup for this game boasted of what in theory should be an ideal balance in midfield. Fabinho’s role needs no explanation, and he’s the only player on the squad who can perform it.
âBeside him and slightly ahead of him was Thiago, the multinational midfielder who sometimes plays for Spain and controls the game in his own way.
âSo more unpredictable, a little more messy but more of a direct threat to the opposition was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, building on the foundation provided by the other two.
âThere has been a lot of talk about who is Liverpool’s best midfielder, but sometimes it can be about the best balance rather than the best players.
“All three played well Fabinho and Thiago finished the game with 98% and 95% passing successes respectively, while Oxlade-Chamberlain finished with something much more sought after – a man of the match award. This is Anfield. “