Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Unai Emery, You Got It Wrong - Former Liverpool Star Criticises Arsenal Tactics

Unai Emery, You Got It Wrong - Former Liverpool Star Criticises Arsenal Tactics

Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in the win, with the third goal coming from the penalty spot.

Roberto Firmino had been going through a bit of a barren stretch before facing Arsenal on Saturday, but the Brazilian once again destroyed the Gunners easily.

The weird incident, made worse by Kamara's subsequent miss from the spot, happened in the 82nd minute of the Premier League game with the score goalless at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Mane made it 3-1 on 32 minutes when Salah cushioned a cross perfectly into the Senegalese's path to side-foot high into the net.

All three of Liverpool's frontline deserve honourable mentions, but Firmino was the standout for his link-up play, clever off-the-ball movement and three goals - the second of which being brilliant.

In those same four game weeks, Liverpool have beaten Arsenal 5-1, won the Merseyside derby, hammered Cardiff 4-1 and beaten Leicester 2-1.


Yes, Arsenal have a series of defensive injuries going into the Liverpool game but it seems like Jurgen Klopp is more anxious about the Gunners' attacking threat. When he's at his best, he brings out the best in Salah and Mane too.

But Wolves refused to roll over and hit the home side with second half goals through Wily Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa to record a 3-1 win.

After Liverpool took the lead, there was no looking back. But that wasn't the case, once again, at Liverpool as a makeshift defense which included veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner and a banged up Shkodran Mustafi (replaced at half time by Laurent Koscielny) and Sokratis at center back.

'It's always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely.

Tiring of media questions about the title race, Klopp said he was wary of falling into the trap of talking up his team's chances with 18 games of the 38-match campaign remaining. This theme can not continue, especially away from the Emirates Stadium.

The Reds moved nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday. Two penalties were a lot for us to take.


McAteer, who was watching on for LFC TV, believes that Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira did not protect Arsenal's backline properly.

Between all the players' individual styles and the motivation of the German coach, Liverpool has become a machine that has only conceded eight goals in the past 20 matches in the league.

His midfield partner had a tougher night, with Fabinho's passing radar in particular a little off but such was the imperious nature of Wijnaldum's performance that it simply just didn't matter.

"Why should I? Because I lost two games?" They aren't like a Fabinho.

Fabinho comes in for Jordan Henderson in what is the only change.


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