Liverpool once again got the best of Arsenal at Anfield in the much-awaited Premier League fixture this weekend. Both sides had maintained a 100% record before the game, and all eyes were on the game on Saturday.
The Reds certainly didn’t disappoint their fans as they claimed a comfortable 3-1 win over the Gunners. However, there were some positive signs for the visiting side too.
Here are five main talking points from the game at Anfield:
Once again, it’s a two-horse race for the title
Liverpool’s dominating performance once again proved that there is a huge gulf between the top two and the rest of the big six. Besides Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United also managed to lose their games this week, and Chelsea barely managed three points at Norwich City.
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester City were comfortable winners, and both have already set themselves at the top of the league table.
Jurgen Klopp can’t want to have Alisson back
Liverpool are yet to drop points with Adrian in the goal, but it doesn’t mean Alisson’s absence hasn’t been felt. There was a moment early in the game against Arsenal when Adrian came rushing out of his goal, thus presenting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with an open goal. The Spaniard was also at fault for Danny Ings’ goal in the win over the Saints, and the Reds are yet to keep a clean sheet with him in their goal.
Klopp’s reaction following the incident, against the Gunners, made it very clear that he can’t wait to have Alisson back in his starting eleven.
Arsenal on the way up
Despite their defeat, Arsenal produced a fight against the European champions. They carved out multiple goalscoring opportunities when the game was still goalless and didn’t stop trying until the final whistle. There was a certain resoluteness about Unai Emry’s side which was absent when they lost 5-1 in the same fixture last season. The Spaniard manager played a diamond midfield, which divided opinions among the fans. However, the Gunners seemed to be doing fine until they conceded the opener, which came on a corner.
Nicholas Pepe could prove to be signing of the season
Arsenal’s record signing Nicholas Pepe made his full debut for the Gunners on Saturday. Even though he couldn’t find the back of the net, the Ivorian created multiple moments of brilliance on the pitch. He became the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in 50 PL games. He also completed seven dribbles in the game, which is the highest number recorded this season. It’s still early days, but all signs indicate that he is going to be an important player for Arsenal this season.
David Luiz will be David Luiz
Not many players divide opinions like David Luiz. The Brazilian center-back has a lot of desirable qualities, but his error-prone playing style has been a long-standing problem. His not-so-desirable side was on display against the Reds as he was at fault for two of three Liverpool’s sides. It would be interesting to see whether Luiz keeps his place in Emery’s starting eleven when Rob Holding comes back following the international break.