Jota (64, 82),
Ball Possession: 36% – 64%
Goal Attempts: 3- 16
Shots on Goal: 2 – 7
Shots off Goal: 0 – 6
Blocked Shots: 1 – 3
Free Kicks: 13 – 10
Corner Kicks: 1 – 2
Offsides: 0 – 3
Goalkeeper Saves: 4 – 1
Fouls: 10 – 10
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 1
Total Passes: 395 – 703
Tackles: 21 – 18
Attacks: 85 – 148
Dangerous Attacks: 24 – 56
Three second-half goals by Liverpool were enough to secure all 3 points for the Reds as Arsenal were condemned to another home defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
Both sides, whose players were just returning from international duties, had a rather quiet game in the first half but the second half was very busy for the Gunners as they kept picking the ball from the back of their net.
Mikel Arteta gave a start to both Aubameyang and Lacazette, while Gabriel and Holding paired in central defense. in the midfield, it was Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos who were paired together in the absence of Granit Xhaka.
The first 15 minutes of the game were controlled by Liverpool, who kept the pressure on the Gunners’ defense but could not fashion out the opener. There were half-chances for Firmino, Salah, and Mane but none was able to get past Leno.
In the second half, striker Diogo Jota was introduced by Klopp to help out in the attack while Andy Robertson was withdrawn and James Milner stepping into the left-back position. It didn’t take long for Jota to make his presence felt as he opened the scoring with a towering header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross to put the reds in front.
Four minutes later, Salah added a second goal after receiving a fine through ball from Fabinho and finishing between the legs of Leno to put the scoreline beyond doubt. But that was not the end as Jota added a second goal for himself and a third for Liverpool after blasting a shot from a close-range pass from Salah to put the scoreline firmly to bed and ensure that Liverpool sits just 2 points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League football next season.
The defeat still leaves the Gunners in 10th position but it is yet to be known where the Gunners will end up at the end of the season going with their current inconsistent performance, especially in the Premier League.
WHAT IS NEXT?
A Thursday night Europa league quarter final clash against Slavia Prague is next up for the Gunners as they look towards the Europa league as their possible route back into the Champions league next season.
Match Review by Patrick Alexander