Aaron Ramsdale admits inexperience played a part in Arsenal’s downfall at Anfield as Liverpool ground down the Gunners in the first half before accelerating away after the break to secure a 4-0 win.
The Gunners were relatively solid at the back until Sadio Mane broke the deadlock on 39 minutes but completely fell apart in the 20 minutes after the break as Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and Takumi Minamino helped themselves to goals against the backdrop of a raucous Kop.
After the match, Ramsdale made clear that Arsenal will learn from the experience after sticking too rigidly to their original game plan.
“For the first 30 to 40 minutes, we did well – they might have had more possession and more shots, but we contained them,” he told Arsenal.com.
“At the start of the second half, we gave them chances and from then on, it was a mountain to climb. It was one of those nights but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and this team will go again. We’ll learn from tonight.”
Assessing the error-riddled first 15 minutes of the second period, he added: “I think that’s where we need to learn on the pitch.
“We obviously had our gameplan but as a young team, sometimes we stick to the gameplan too much and we need to learn to possibly be strong with each other and talk more to try and weather the storm.
“The quality that they’ve got – we’re aspiring to get there. We’re working and like I say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
While it’ll take a couple of days to process a sobering experience, Arsenal have a prime opportunity to get back to winning ways in Saturday’s early kick off against bottom club Newcastle.
Bouncing back quickly is going to be very important. “Yeah, definitely – the boss has just said it in there and a couple of us have said it as well,” said Ramsdale.
“We won’t have people moping around with their heads down. We’ll come in and evaluate the game. We’re an honest bunch of players. Mistakes happen – we want to play that way, so full focus now ahead of Newcastle.
“We’ve been on a 10-match unbeaten run, with eight of those in the league, so we can hopefully start another [run] like that.
“After three games, everyone was talking about us and then you produce a mini-run. I don’t feel like anyone hid today, although there were mistakes made from all of us. We’re still trying to play our philosophy and that’s the way it goes. Hopefully we get to this stage in our career with our team where we’ll be doing this to other teams.”