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Rating Liverpool's performance against Arsenal based on 4 key factors

Rating Liverpool's performance against Arsenal based on 4 key factors


In the absence of Salah and Mane, Klopp elected to start Firmino and Minamino alongside Diogo Jota in attack. This meant Liverpool had a roving front 3 that were interchangeable, although the Portuguese did stay as the focal point of the attack.

While initial signs were promising in terms of linkup play, it quickly became a static offence, with no players making runs in behind and the midfielders failing to find them when they did.

The red card for Arsenal surprisingly didn't change Liverpool's approach much, with a lot of passing around the box that led nowhere.

On a night where he was at a serious disadvantage, Arteta ensured that his well-drilled side held Liverpool off by breaking up play in key moments and not letting the Reds get in any dangerous positions.

Liverpool enjoyed a whopping 78% of the possession but created just 1 clear chance for themselves in the whole game, a failure of the system.

Rating for tactics: 5/10

Midfield Play

This is where most of the criticisms for this game lie, Liverpool's midfield looked clueless against Arsenal's low-block.

The ball moved far too slowly and several times players made runs that simply went unnoticed by the player on the ball.

Henderson and Milner both had a poor game, something that is becoming surprisingly common, them starting together saps a lot of creativity from the starting XI.

Curtis Jones was Liverpool's lone bright spark and his trickery and confidence should ensure that he gets a start against Brentford.

Rating for midfield play: 4/10


Liverpool took a whopping 17 shots during this game against Arsenal and somehow went without having a single one on target right till the end of the game.

Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and most notably, Minamino, all blasted perfectly good chances well over the bar, it was almost as if there was a magnet in the stands at Anfield.

Diogo Jota, undisputedly the Reds' best finisher in Salah's absence barely got any chances and Firmino simply didn't attempt to take any shots of significance. This needs to improve immediately for Liverpool.

Rating for shooting: 2/10


Joel Matip was Liverpool's best dribbler based on the eye test against the Gunners on Thursday night, something that is a red-flag for any team.

Sadio Mane and Mo Salah both tend to beat their men to get in behind the defence and wreak havoc, but neither Firmino nor Minamino could replicate any of that trickery.

Against a set defence like Arsenal were after going down to 10 men, one of the best ways to create an opportunity is by beating your man and pulling another out of position, something the Reds failed to do.

Rating for dribbling: 5/10