World News – UA – Diogo Jota makes his mark as Liverpool prove too strong for Arsenal


Liverpool claimed three of three wins to join Leicester and Everton at the top of the table after coming from behind to beat Arsenal, sending Mikel Arteta’s side to their first loss of the season

Coming from behind makes it seem like Arsenal scared the defending champions in this game, when in reality they were barely in. The visitors took advantage of a defensive error to get past, but rather than to look like the first away team to win at Anfield in 60 attempts, they quickly began to look like a team regretting their recklessness in forcing Liverpool to play with a little more urgency

Even without the not-quite-fit Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcântara, the home side were still in the lead, although a poor finish left Arsenal down on the rare occasions they were close to their opponents’ goal

Arsenal’s five-man back line did well in limiting Liverpool’s width in the early stages Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold continued to shop but with no empty space to step into power in Virgil van Dijk and midfielders in front of him had to think twice before throwing their diagonal passes to the wings

Liverpool were instead forced to try and make their way through the center, which they almost did after 15 minutes when Sadio Mané came into the zone at high speed to bring the game’s first save. Bernd Leno The goalkeeper was lucky in that the shot was straight at him which was just as good from Arsenal’s perspective as he had been hit so hard he wouldn’t have had time to move elsewhere

Leno was lucky again when Alexander-Arnold’s stilt shot deflected Héctor Bellerín and bounced off his crossbar, though that was nothing compared to the part of luck involved when Arsenal took took a shock lead in the middle of the first period To say that the goal came against the run of the game would be a huge understatement

Liverpool’s goal Alisson had watched events from 80 yards for most of the game, but when Robertson made a full hash of what should have been a routine clearance, Alexandre Lacazette was suddenly right in front of him, standing in an offside position and scuffing his shot but still scoring because the ball fell from a defender Although the goal was scored, Lacazette deserved something to start the attack, sending the ball away to find Ainsley Maitland-Niles in left space, though he wasn’t able to finish until Robertson made his mistake

It didn’t take long for Liverpool to bounce back, barely three minutes before the equalizer and six more to take the lead Referee Craig Pawson played an excellent advantage when Naby Keïta was clearly the victim of ‘a foul on the right, allowing Mo Salah to enter the zone for a shot Leno only half saved, leaving Mane the easiest of chances at close range

Both Liverpool full-backs combined for the next goal, with Alexander-Arnold sending a cross Mané couldn’t reach and Arsenal failed to cut, leaving Robertson to atone for his previous mistake by coming in to the back post to control with his chest then slips the ball into the net As Alexander-Arnold got closer again before the interval, Arteta had to be relieved to turn around just a goal down

Mané could have done better with an opportunity early in the second half, shooting early and too high, before Lacazette twice failed to beat Alisson in promising situations He was actually offside the first time around, but hadn’t realized it, and his two attempts lacked conviction While Mané was by far the quickest of Liverpool’s top three, bringing in a few saves from Leno and narrowly shooting with their backs on goal, the home side were not keen enough to put the game to bed

Jürgen Klopp sent Diogo Jota for the final 10 minutes, only for the new signing to miss the six-yard mark after Salah put the ball on a plate for him Five minutes later, he and Salah went to fetch the same ball in the zone while either would have been able to score Arsenal will still feel in the game, at least until conceding a third with two minutes remaining, although Liverpool will be annoyed that its finish cannot match its approach game

At least Jota’s goal made the final score a true reflection of the competition, with the substitute collecting a weak header from David Luiz and cutting a shot from a vertical position

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