Monday, July 15, 2024

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal – player ratings

Arsenal came away from Anfield with a point, in no small part to a string of incredible saves by Aaron Ramsdale, but having led 2-0 at one point it felt like a couple of points dropped.

At the same time, Liverpool missed a penalty, and completely dominated the second half, finishing the game with almost 4 xG.

‘Mixed emotions,’ as Aaron Ramsdale said afterwards, but let’s hope it turns out to be a good point in the end.

Here’s how the players rated this afternoon.

Read the Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal report and see the goals here 

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal – Player Ratings

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Mr positive

Well done guy, we move.

T.A.

Of course I’ll keep telling myself to focus on the positives: first half dominance, two goals, a valuable point at Anfield. But I am very worried about how we dropped in the second half. We could have won the game.

PeSt

But at the same Liverpool were very good in second half. I feel we defended well. Except for Zinny on the equalizer. Big and little Gabi exceptionell performances. Motm for me was Ramsdale.

Goonshow

Here’s how – a few of the brain-farts and sloppy moments that have crept into our game in the past few months. Moments we got away with vs Villa, Bournemouth and others.
Very good teams punish those moments… Granit’s idiocy giving a beaten crowd something to rally around… unfinished chances in front of goal… Mik leaving an increasingly exposed Ziiinch (who was clearly not coping defensively on our left!) to only bring KT on AFTER the ticking bomb had already exploded with that nutmeg.

Just a few moments, that’s all… but moments change games. Moments win titles.

Exit the Lemming

Consistency and points win titles

Goonshow

Just as moments of inconsistency and missed opportunities cost points.

Bleeding Gums Murphy

Don’t agree that the Liverpool noise came from their goal. Their goal came from Xhaka having a brain fart like he use to regularly. No point in glossing over it. He was fecking stupid to do what he did. We were two nil up in total control and their heads were dropping and Xhaka fired them up, the crowd and the players. Then they scored and were completely reenergised thanks to Xhaka.

Goonshow

Cannot believe some would downvote this… it is moments of brain-fart idiocy and sloppiness that CHAMPIONS don’t allow. Start thinking like champions, lads – we CAN do this but not if we continually whitewash these shoddy moments with excuses. I’ve been saying that better teams than Villa, Bournemouth, Leeds et al would punish such sloppiness. And that is exactly what happened today. Granit – as the ‘dressing room leader’ and arguably most senior player – deserves a fucking slap around the ears! Not only were the Scouse players’ head dropping… their crowd had gone silent and even the first boos… Read more »

Tommy Coakley

Difference being that CHAMPIONS would have been given the foul on Xhaka that led to his reaction. Mahrez, Grealish etc ALWAYS get those push in the back go their way. Look at Rodri when he thinks he’s been hard done by.

Goonshow

As probable as that may be (and I think you’re right). the facts are that Granit DID react… it DID fire up a subdued crowd… and Puddle DID score only a minute later.

It Is What It Is

Zinchenko let his man run, dragging Gabriel out of position. Also makes high risk low reward actions too regularly for my heart.

Holding was responsible for backing off, for a goal on each of our previous two games. Ok, but a weak link.

Newcastle, United, and Pool yesterday….games we’ve dropped points in with issues at fullback.

Exit the Lemming

He misread the room alas

Gaylord Fockers

2 Man United pundits, 1 Liverpool, 1 Man City pundits, where’s Paul Merson…Weird……Anyway this is what happens when Gooners got to listen to only idiot pundit….i.e Cara and Neville…Sky management must be full of Liverpool & MU supporters.

Goonshow

Mate – I watch on Supersport in SA. So have a choice of commentary and all the review programmes and soundbyte stuff afterwards. I’ve also been watching the Gooners for 53 years – I know tipping points in football matches when I see ’em. And that was – unmistakeably – one of them.

JuiceJ

Xhaka may have contributed to their spark but Tierney the official, not our short-sleeve loving left-back, should have given Xhaka a foul before he went up to TAA. there were some calls that were dubious from the man in the middle, Xhaka retaliated but he then got hit in the back by TAA and TAA should have walked but double standards were employed. had it been another team say Man United or a Liverpool player getting same treatment from Xhaka he could have walked. The commentators made noise over Robertson getting hit on the face but failed to pay attention… Read more »

Bleeding Gums Murphy

Arteta has said many times we can only control what we do on the pitch. We can’t control the ref. Trent Alexander has come out and said the altercation with Xhaka fired up the crowd and that got them going.

A Different George

Basically, Alexander-Arnold is saying: “yes, Martinelli made me look like a training cone, except that a training cone is more visible; yes, I am a total liability against a team that keeps the ball; yes, every Arsenal player who tried was able to go around me or cut inside or have a cup of tea or anything else they wanted to do–but my heroic battle with Xhaka is what turned the tide.” Self-serving bullshit.

Bob

Exactly, today was a learning day.

JuiceJ

I take a point. And I give Zinny 10/10 for passion, I thought he was poor defensively in that action leading to their equalizer and should have been subbed a lot earlier but after he got substituted, he was on the bench in tears. I love him for that. He knew he should have done better and I know he will going forward. Anfield is a tough place, I’m angry we didn’t win, but deep down I know Anfield is a rough place and history says so, In fact, City and Man United lost at Anfield this season. Fingers crossed… Read more »

Exit the Lemming

You don’t win anything by passion alone.

Db10

Gutted!!

La Défense

Shut up. It’s a valuable point. Citeh lost here this season.

House of goons

Still a bit gutted. Really really really wanted all 3

Savage

It’s ok to experience the full range of emotions. Being gutted allows us to enjoy runs of 7 wins more and not become complacent about them.

And being gutted is an essential experience in the development of a young footballer too.

timorous me

Yeah, I think it’s possible–Ramsdale seemed this way in his post-match interview–to feel simultaneously gutted and relieved to have at least gotten the one point.

And I can’t help but think this experience could serve the boys well when they head to the Etihad.

Goonshow

Unless we iron out the recent trend of sloppy, lazy passing and loss of focus, we could get properly spanked at City. It caught up with us today – let’s just hope Mik works his magic and stamps it out once and for all.

And I really, really worry about Ziiinch against a pacey attack. He’s brilliant when we have the ball… KT is way better when we don’t.

Bergkamp2Wright

A lot of unforced errors today. Lucky to get out of there with a point.

Mayor McCheese

They were all over us in the second half. A point at Anfield is highly respectable, and their home form vs. away form is light and day. No reason to be too down about this. We’ll beat City at the Etihad! I can feel it in my cheesy, meaty bones!

Left Testicle

But can you feel it in your baps?

Mayor McCheese

depends on the weather

Goonshow

Cheeza – please don’t join the chorus of excusers! We have gotten increasingly sloppy in recent matches… sudden periods where key players just seem to lose focus, get lazy in their thinking (and passing!) or miss decent scoring chances. We got away with these against Villa, Leeds, Bournemouth and others… but the better teams will punish you… exactly as happened today. We CANNOT afford any such lapses – even for a second – when we visit City. Not if we are to be – deservingly – champions. We need to think like champions – and that means eliminating the soft… Read more »

charvakan

The game was played at a breakneck pace. It wasn’t so much brainfarts as getting beaten to the second ball too often. Maybe the reason we dominated early and faded later was that Liverpool was in better condition. Arteta was late in recognizing that Zinchenko was not the LB we needed when we were not going to be in possession much. This was a tough game to officiate and both teams have legitimate complaints. But I don’t see why White got booked for exactly the same thing that was done to Xhaka late on without even a foul called. I’m… Read more »

Goonshow

Very good summation… and a balanced view. NB to remember that we had a full week’s rest, where the Scouse had tough midweek. So your the ‘off-the-pace’ comment, whilst spot on, is possibly even more concerning… Tierney was shite – toothless when it mattered and pedantically ‘tough’ when he didn’t need to be (and too often when it was an Arse player!). Ziiiiiinch is a worry on defence – brilliant going forward but just looks nervy and indecisive against a fast, tricky wide player… you could see Salah (and Trent) licking their lips as the game went on, not helped… Read more »

Gaylord Fockers

This sound like a pundit from Sky:)

Goonshow

Don’t watch Sky mate – not in the Uk. So much for that narrative!

Mayor McCheese

night and day, even!

Morrisey fan #1

We had no midfield which is mad considering how excellent they have been all season.

charvakan

‘Pool did a good job of switching to the wings quickly. They avoided our mids.

A Different George

Not sure they were all enforced. You know the old line about two teams on the pitch. Ask Man United.

Bergkamp2Wright

Fair point, but I would argue we let them back in with sloppy play. They were there for the taking and our sloppy passing and poor discipline let them back in.
Either way I’m happy with a point, Ramsdale was immense.

Super rams

Can we win at etihad?

Ebo

Yes we can. But we’ll need to put today’s 2nd half nerves behind us and be confident that we can play like we did the first 35 minutes today for at least double that time.

And would really effing help to have Saliba back… Holding defended well today but we missed the Frenchman’s passing from the back to keep possession, never mind that Halland is a whole new bag of burritos…

Goonshow

What worries me is that we gave ourselves the absolute dream start – there was no need for nerves, or sloppiness. And certainly no need for Xhaka’s moment of pure idiocy that only served to ignite their players and rally the silenced Kop.

charvakan

Sorry, but everyone’s jumping on Xhaka for a little kerfuffle when the problem was not him. Liverpool stepped it up after a shambolic start and they were really good. Arteta did not make the appropriate adjustments in time. As Blogs said, Tierney should have come in, probably at the half.

Goonshow

Mate – here’s the thing: The toughest, closest matches usually tend to turn on just a few key moments. I am not saying that Granit hasn’t been excellent for us this season: calm, a leader, inventive, energetic… you name it! But… We had the Scouse totally on the back foot – doubt (after their poor recent run) creeping in to both players and fans… their team looked rudderless, skittish and full of doubt; the fans has gone quiet and there were even a few boos and the first ironic cheers starting to ring out when they (eventually!) won the ball… Read more »

Gaylord Fockers

I suggest you watch the game again and see which moment the liverfool fans were quiet and when they were not…You will find that even earlier on when they managed to break behind our back lines on two occasions the crowds have already erupted …but our second goal managed to silent them again. It was the goal we let in before half time and not Trent violent conduct that got their crowd excited. If we managed to defend that defensive actions better and went to half time 2-0, I think we might managed our transition game in the second half… Read more »

Goonshow

Couple of problems here: 1: I’m outside of the UK so can switch between commentaries – I NEVER watch SKY for exactly the reasons you list above – nauseatingly biased pricks,bar 1 or 2. 2: the instant Xhaka got involved – the muted crowd neerby instantly started baying and booing him, galvansing both stadium and team. Yes, we were sloppy in allowing the ball to even get to Salah, and giving him the space to slip in behind Big G. But that move came off a surge of momentum DIRECTLY resulting from the Trent/Xhaka argy bargy. It was eerily similar… Read more »

Morrisey fan #1

Not if we sit back and let them play the way we did today. Horrible tactics in the second half. No pressure and no gas. We are best keeping possession and creating chances.

Boe Sharkey

I think when the emotions cool down we’ll look back at that as a good point. Let’s face it, if Mané still played for Liverpool we’re losing that by a couple. 4 points from Liverpool in any season is an very good result. COYG

Daveo

How I felt straight away. Big point. And once again up against more than just 11. COYG. Big win next week against hammers then get a result at £ity and knock the wind out of their sails. They’ll drop points.

Fledz

Yeah that’s a very good point about Mane. Can’t believe they thought Nunez could replace him!

Mayor McCheese

Other bonus: no injuries, no red cards.

Fcukit

Well if Alexis still played for us, he would played that last ball into Saka’s feet for 2-3. You play the team in front of you and it’s not about Liverpool. It’s about dropping two points in a cut-throat title race run-in after being 2-0 up within the first 30mins. There’s a reason this is called the business end of the competition, only points matter, not whom they come against.

Boe Sharkey

Fine, but Liverpool should have won that game with the players they have. Their XG was almost 5, including a missed penalty. You take a point and get the bell out.

Goonshow

Well said. You wanna BE champions… then start thinking like champions.
Today’s second 45 was shite – loose, nervy, sloppy.
And as for Granit’s utter idiocy, giving a dead crowd something to get noisy about…

Goonshow

Downvote if you will lads – but here’s the thing: I’ve been watching this team for 54 years… I’ve sat in the rain through the nil-nils, the unfair reds, thrown my Guiness all over the ceiling at The Cock when Sylvain scored THAT goal at Old Trafford… I love this club as much as my own kids – and I hold them to the highest standards. Bottom line, champions don’t let teams wriggle out when they have their foot on the neck. No-one is more a Gooner than I. But that doesn’t make me blind to things that must be… Read more »

Exit the Lemming

love your kids more

Goonshow

Not possible mate… maxed out there!

Gaylord Fockers

Others are not blind …They are just not one of those easily influenced by the so called professional pundits…There’s a reason most of this guys make a living talking about football rather than teaching football…

Goonshow

For a final time – you’re banging the wrong drum. I have been through a hundred commentators and pundits down the decades mate… good and bad. I have spent way too many hours on both the North Bank (with an old-school radio & chunky ear-phone to listen in, as we did in those days!), as well as sat on my sofa watching and listening – in different countries, on different providers, to different voices and yes, even languages… watching Oh-Aaar-se-null in Portugese is a bucket-list experience, I can tell you. Bottom line – been round way too many blocks to… Read more »

Goonshow

Apols for the gabrled final para: ‘we’ll no doubt agree…’ ‘loss of focus’

James

Lads, I really hope we don’t bottle it. We have come so far. I won’t be able to face the chels**t and utd supporters if we bottle this

Billy

Let’s say we lose at the Etihad and City end up taking it. The idea that that’s a bottle job is ludicrous.

Mayor McCheese

100%

timorous me

I don’t know that it’s even about bottling it. Even title-winning teams drop points. There’s no shame in a draw at Anfield. If we have a good, but not perfect run-in, and City wins every one of their last, what 14 games, I wouldn’t call that “bottling it.” I’d call that simply getting run over by an unstoppable machine. But that said, just because they look unbeatable right now doesn’t mean they actually are. Once their Champions League efforts re-engage this week, they’ll be pushed in a different way and be more vulnerable. I don’t think we need them to… Read more »

Goonshow

Troodat. Remember that the pressure is on them. WE have the points on the table… they have to chase. Even a draw at the Etihad will favour us. We just need to regain our focus and tighten up on the moments of sloppiness that City will – remorselessly – punish.

Keep the faith.

Bringowsky

We have exceeded all expectations, overcome many situations… Even if City wins the title, we are not bottling it.. We have given a real go at it.. Love the team and the football they play..Let’s try together… Just keep believing and doing.. COYG

TOGooner

They will say it’s a bottle job if we don’t win the title no matter what so don’t let those salty losers convince you it’s so. Even before liverpool this was 50/50.

Mike Stride

Not really a fan then are you? Been far worse times to face Chelsea and Utd supporters!

Moronic Inferno

How can you look at this Arsenal team and talk about bottling, they have been amazing, far beyond any expectations or hopes I had for this season, they are up against a financial juggernaut that has been a decade in the making and are a relentless winning machine, no matter how this season ends Arsenal have been fantastic.

Exit the Lemming

Irrespective of the destination of the silverware, Arsenal have been the most entertaining side to watch this season in the Premier League

BigArse

I hear people saying City now control their own destiny in the title race. Well, Fuck That! So do we. One game at a time, and when we get to the Etihad, smash those fuckers.

Mark

Technically City now control their own destiny, but beating them in a few weeks can put us back in charge. Unfortunately they have a much, much easier schedule than we do so a win today would been huge and kept our cushion, but not we cannot slip up again.

timorous me

With this game out of the way, our schedule isn’t as daunting as before. I certainly fancy our chances better at Newcastle than at Liverpool, for instance, even if it likely won’t be easy.

Crash Fistfight

Why so? If they win all their games and we win all our games but the game at Etihad, we’re level on points with them. What’s to say we don’t better their goal difference in the remaining games?

Ukesox

They have an easier PL run in but play between 5 & potentially 8 more games over the same period of time.

Goonshow

Why do ‘City control their destiny’? That’s utter bollocks.
FACT: they are SIX points behind us.
FACT: they still have to win their game in hand… not draw, but WIN, and that is never a given.
FACT: they ‘just’ have to beat us at the Etihad… well, by the same token, we ‘just’ have to draw at the Etihad.

We are still – on the facts – in pole position to win this thing.

COYG!!

DB10

Erm because they can do all of the things you listed and not rely on anyone else

Goonshow

Let me spell it out for you in little words:

We…have… more… points.
So… they… have… to… rely… on… us… losing.

This title is OURS to lost. End of.

Goonshow

‘lose’

Exit the Lemming

Citeh losing to us at the Etihad would be like losing to Tarzan at strip poker. City have better players than Arsenal and their bench is deeper. It should be given the money they have spent to ensure they prevail. Our only realistic hope is that the Champions League proves a distraction.

A Different George

“Technically” only Arsenal control their own destiny. If we win every match, we win the title, no matter what City do. If City win every match, they *probably* win the title, but it is not mathematically certain–because if we win all our other matches and overtake them in goal difference, we still win the title.

Gaylord Fockers

Spot on.

LEFT08

Last time I checked we were still top, so these people can fuck right off.

Exit the Lemming

Ignore the voices in your head and keep on killing

Anderslimparisverygood

I don’t think I have ever been as pleased to get a draw in a game that we were winning 2 nil. I expected Liverpool to play all game like they did in the second half and I do think a point at Anfield is always a good point. Citeh lost here remember

Redbaron

Gabriel gets 1 point extra for playing defensive LB and LCB simultaneously for most of the game

Public Elneny

Has been for most of the season tbf

Goonshow

Yep – Ziiiinch is a very frustrating watch. Brilliant going forward… squeaky-sphincter time on defence!

Celebration Police

You can have a great product but bad managers. That’s precisely what EPL referees are about.
A great point and a great lesson in my opinion. Now we know what Etihad will look like in the title showdown. This experience will come in handy. I’m interestingly positive about our title chances. Maybe Tierney for Odegaard could have been a better sub, but I still back my manager. He’s got me dreaming.
Whoever signed Ramsdale needs a raise. What a guy!

Ebo

Honestly with all of the praise that’s gone to Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard and Zinchenko, and those 4 have been world class, I’d put Ramsdale right up there along them as the players responsible for winning us the most points this season (with the two centre backs, White and Partey just behind them)

John

Defence wins you championships. We’re where we are right now because of incredible work from front to back. Ramsdale transmits a certain confidence that doesn’t put his back four in two minds.

Gaylord Fockers

Spot on …Arteta brought Kiwior after Firminho come on becoz at that point they have 4 forwards up front in Nunez, Salah, Gakpo and Firminho…I have high hopes for Kiwior next season but for a game of this magnitude I think Tierney would be a better option as the left center back. I also think we could have sub Ode with Tros…and let Jesus take over Ode role as the main linker ..Jesus like Martinelli have outstanding defensive qualities and I tot up to the point when he was subtituted it was him and Martinelli who was causing Liverpool the… Read more »

Gaylord Fockers

Not saying Arteta got it wrong because in matches there could/would be a lot of permutations that could change the end result ….but if we are going for defensive substitution to protect the 2-1 lead I would go for Tierney for Ode instead of Kiwior and if we are going to play on a front foot like the first half I would go for Tros for Ode instead of Tros for Jesus. No complain about the draw though becoz its Paul Tierney and we got tru it with a point instead of a 0-1, 1-2 or 0-7 loss. For me… Read more »

Up4grabsnow

Paul Tierney was the equivalent to playing Dani Ceballos in a game of this intensity….just couldn’t handle the occasion

Not the reason we didn’t take all three points though, I’d like to make that clear

Savage

Maybe he was the reason. The White yellow card could have resulted in him playing more carefully, which resulted in Saka’s supply line drying up.

Arsenalnut

That and he had 3 passes intercepted today two of which turned into a Mugsmasher break and the other into a yellow as White, not unreasonably, stopped the break with a foul.

mrugunner

0/10: our time wasting. we dont like it when others are doing it, why are we doing it. we could match them but we retreated and wanted to see the game out. an opportunity missed to end the anfield hoodoo. onto the next game!

Chris

Fully agree with this, I really dislike this timewasting, although, saying that, if we’re 1-0 up at city with 5 mins left…

mrugunner

with 5min left yes. but we did what bournemouth was doing (ie very early on) but we know what happened at the end. fortunately we didnt have the same fate

djourou's nutmeg

the game is about winning. they’re playing on their turf going forward with nothing to lose with their crowd behind. you’d be too good or too stupid not to try and cool the game down every chance you have. and we’re not good enough to walk past liverpool at anfield yet. it’s ugly but it’s called being competitive, and it worked for 87 minutes.

mrugunner

i think we could have walk past lfc in that game if we didnt retreat in the 2nd half.
onto the next!

loose_cannon

Ramsdale an easy MOTM. White has been excellent for us all season but that was one of his most challenging games, and was especially sloppy on the ball unfortunately. And I’d score Gabriel a little higher, he was colossal today.

Cranky Colin

Ben was on a yellow.
It changes things….

Jack

The most annoying thing is how that frosty haired chode Firmino ALWAYS seems to score against us

CoachDuterte

Liverpool’s Andy Carol

Goonerrific

Isn’t that Andy Carol?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Thankfully it’s confirmed he’s leaving them at the end of the season.

He’ll probably join Sp*rs.

Merlin’s Panini

Yep good riddance to Firmino. One of the more punchable faces in football with a knack of scoring against us. I’ll be glad to see thr back of him, probably even more so than Harry (one of our own) Kane. Sadly there’s always someone else somewhere who replaces them. It used to be Drogba, next probably Haaland but he’s just an indestructible robot guy, which is cheating. What the fuck were Dortmund doing selling him for £51 million. Should’ve been well over £100 million. Despite their collossal funds City hardly ever seem to overpay with the exception of Grealish. Anyway…… Read more »

Release clause is how City got Haaland on the cheap.

I’m not sure if Liverpool replace Firmino this summer. Even without him, they have 6 forwards (Salah, Gakpo, Nunez, Jota, Diaz, Carvalho) and that’s possibly without Champions League football next season.

That’s a pretty good sextet. It’s the midfield where I think they’ll strengthen. I suspect they’ll go for Bellingham and/or Rice.

Goonshow

Not that cheap – check out the recently released table of club’s payments to agents… they had to bung Erling’s bloke a bloody fortune.

Exit the Lemming

You need to balance your meds

Goonshow

I think two mangerial moments made a big difference: Toothy Von Kloppenshtein’s bringing on that bloody ringer to score on cue; Mik leaving an increasingly struggling Ziiiinch on when Mo and Trent were running him ragged… and then subbing the poor bugger AFTER the nutmeg! Mik had to have noticed – surely – that Ziinch was not coping on the left flank? Brilliant on attack but IF – as we clearly did – we’ve decided to sit back defensively on a slender lead, then you gotta bring on the better defensive LB, especially if that’s where the threat is increasingly… Read more »

Db10**

Need to get our heads up and win the next game. Thats it. Everything else is noise. Would have. Should have. Forget it.

John

Aye!

Phil

Might be unpopular, but whole Martinelli’s goals have been so valuable, there are also times when he really needs to improve his awareness and final ball. Number of occasions today he either dribbled down a dead end or mishit/didn’t sed the right ball.

Mondy

You are unfortunately right

Cheerio

Most times he did that, I can bet all but one arsenal players would’ve been behind him/the ball. Can’t really expect a forward player to dribble once and then boot the ball long to the keeper

Gaylord Fockers

The most important thing at that point is ball retention…He could have go back , keep hold of the ball and pass to the most available player at the back rather than trying to get thru a crowd of opponents in front of you on his own.

Gunnerboreus

Agree 100%. The reality is his decision making, although improving, is poor. But this is not a negative – – he’s going to get better and better as he makes better decisions

Goonshow

He’s young – and outrageously gifted. That will come… as will our title.

Tommy Coakley

Given his age and experience you might forgive some of it but not in the 95th minute when he attempted the difficult pass to Saka when a ball the other way to Trossard was far the better option. Still think the two points VAR took away from us at home to Brentford will be the difference at the end of the season.

Gaylord Fockers

Yup ..true…I tot he was our biggest threat up front but Arteta still needs to sit him down on this…One time is fine but he did this 2 or 3 times in the second half I think…

Excited Gooner

Can we do a whip-round for Paul Tierney’s castration

Exit the Lemming

there’s a tip for you

Goonshow

Nah – it’s a load of bollocks.

LEFT08

They were all excellent, especially in 1st half. Rambo motm. More importantly, we weren’t afraid and tried to win, just like we’ve done all season. Let’s keep going and see what happens in the end.

CharlieGeorge

Such a mixed reaction. We could do easily have lost. Anfield is such a tough place to go to. But…we were so good for most of the first half and we let them back in. I love how positively we approached the game and actually seeing Arteta’s and Rambo’s reactions afterwards gives confidence too, they exude confidence.

Aleksander Włodarz

It’s not over. Let’s see what happens next game by game 👍🏻

Snc

In theory, man city will win the league if they win their remaining games, though their PL fixtures looks favorable, i dont believe they will win remaining of their PL games considering they have the fa cup and ucl. Title is still in our hands, anfield is a tough place, and they always turn up against big teams… considering how it went at the end, I’m pleased w the 1 point… we move on and we cant drop anymore points esp at Etihad and St James. I believe in this team. Coyg!

Mondy

In theory we will win the league if we win all our remaining games!

John

Actually, we can drop 2 points at both and still win it by a point. The key match is Etihad though. Lose there and City’s kinder run-in will probably see them coast it. Win there and it’s in our sights.

Goonshow

Sorry mate, but that is a bollocks comment – you left out the crucial bit: City need us to lose at least one match, EVEN if they win all of theirs, which is by no means a given.

Exit the Lemming

I’d love to be wrong but can’t see us even getting a point at the Etihad. That said, I agree that Man City will likely still drop points before the end of the season. It’s going to be a close run thing

yes

Gabriel a 10. I know the ratings are subjective, I know blogs has his own reading of things – Gabriel was a 10 out of 10. He stuck to Salah (Salah) all over the pitch often with no-one else around to cover for a mistake, kept pace with him every time, bullied him off the ball every time – it was a one-man demolition job. I feel if Saliba or Tomiyasu did what Gabriel did today everyone would be talking about it because we expect it of them and Gabriel’s the big lunk who heads the ball today – no,… Read more »

John Leaf

Absolutely! Gabriel was amazing… again! Not given the love he deserves. Also Rambo, saves in the last 3 or 4 games alone. Honestly think Gabriel is a serious shout for our player of the season. Plays two positions in this system. Passing also immense and can pass through the lines. Wins every dual. His strength and hunger. Honestly, name a better centre half?

Goonshow

Couldn’t agree more – Ziinch is amazing going forward but he does leave Big G with a lot of ground to cover. And he’s nervy and less than solid on defence, which only adds to the task Big G has to shoulder. For 87 mins yesterday, he did so magnificently.

But Mik shoulda brought KT on for Z earlier in that second half… the cracks were showing, and widening, from about 50 minutes in.

Dazza84

Completely agree. Big Gabby and Ramsdale were outstanding. I think a lot of the other ratings are extremely generous. I know we love these players (quite rightly), but it’s an insult to their talent to give them all a 7 minimum when they get dominated for 50min.

Exit the Lemming

Yet Salah reacted quicker to the deflection for Liverpool’s first goal?

Gaylord Fockers

I give him a 9.5 or 10 too…So impressed with him in this game.

Cranky Colin

We were soooooo good ……..1st 40 mins. The referee let a lot of challenges on us go ( but booked Ben straight away) . One challenge particularly from Fabhino was ugly as hell…….nothing (as in no card). Another over on the far right touchline, was just a foul, but not given. Granit, who I absolutely love, brained it, lifted their subdued crowd with the stupid barge on AA, and things turned, I mean, really turned. I prob will be disagreed with here, but that was a massive moment. We are so good, and despite biased refs, we have to keep… Read more »

Crash Fistfight

Yeah, I disagree with Blogs. It completely changed the momentum of that first half. The Liverpool players looked beaten and their fans were quiet as a church mouse. It was very reminiscent of Arteta getting involved with Klopp and getting their fans riled up.

Granted it had nothing to do with how badly we defended the 2 goals, but it felt like if the game just carried on the first half would peter out 0-2. Then it’s a different half-time team talk and maybe the crowd doesn’t have that same energy.

Goonshow

Defs – we had our collective foot on their collective throat. Not only were their fans quiet, the first ironic cheers had started to ripple around on the (few!) occasions when they won the ball back.
Remember – this Scouse team, and their fans, have taken a battering of late…
worst season in many of their memories… defence shaky as fuck… all those botched recent matches starting to loom large, as we totally dominated.

And then Grannie decides to be macho… feckin’ eejit move!

Goonshow

Paul T is the new Mike D. Just when we thought we’d gotten rid of that skinny cunt, his chubby-faced, bastard love-child (spawned when he paid the nanny for a quickie at age 15) comes along…

Exit the Lemming

When you start blaming the match officials for your own shortcomings you don’t have your problems to seek. Mike Dean’s record for refereeing Arsenal games isn’t even that damning.

Goonshow

He’s still a skinny cunt, though. And take read through my numerous comments above – I blame the ref last! The team should and must take the ref out of the equation but putting the match beyond doubt. We did that. And then we didn’t.

Goonshow

‘by putting the match…’
@ Blogs – please get a bloody Edit function on this thing!

Shishir

Ultimately a good point, all things considered. Some pretty strange decisions by Arteta though? What I was wondering was: why no Jorginho, particularly in the second half? We needed some experience and control in the centre of midfield, and he could’ve very well got us that.

Also, why wait so long for the subs? We were pretty much under the cosh from the opening 2-3 minutes of the second half.

All that said though, could easily have been worse. Take this point and run with it!

Goonshow

Yep – I felt these would have made a big difference:

  • Trosser for Xhaka – jolt on energy on defence (especially down our left where Salah had way too much space vs Z) plus trickery on attack working magic with Martinelli to torment the yellow-carded Trent;
  • KT for Ziiiiiinch – more solid on defence, positionally disciplined so takes a load of Big Gabi, who was magnificent, but stretched to his limit.
  • Not sure I’d have brought on Jorge, unless for Jesus… forgo the CF role and pack the midfield.
Goonshow

‘jolt OF energy’ – ooops

Shishir

Also, did anyone think Ben White pretty much dropped out of the game after his booking? I thought he looked shell shocked, and really hesitant to attack the ball for the whole game after that. Maybe he was afraid of getting sent off and suspended because he’s our only right back atm?

Martin’s

A Big question relater to the tactical substitution of Odegaard with Kiwior, who have only a fem minutts of PL game time. A bit unfair to play him at Anfield. Better to keep Odegaard and maintain his creativity. Alternatively bring White in centre.

Arsenalnut

I did not realize the throwing someone to the ground was considered a legal footballing act. How many times did our mids and Jesus find themselves tge recipients id judo throws? Conversely, Holding’s touch on the attacker in the box was not called anywhere else on the park. It felt like Paul Tierney (and several others) have, to borrow an old phrase “Arsenal Rules”. The opponent can be as physucal as they like with impunity but Arsenal may not. We became much less aggressive after the Xhaka and White yellows and the penalty. Were either of Konate’s bowling ball tackles… Read more »

Goonshow

Key moments: White instant yellow, even though he won the ball. Yes, he goes through with 2 feet so a free-kick, nothing more. Contrast that with the utter leniency shown to the Scouse for identical challenges (3 of them! The ‘penalty’ – if anything, Jota trips Rob, who’s not even looking at him, simply tracking his run; Xhaka – yes, he was idiotic to get involved (that bloody macho ego of his!), but Fuckface Tierney shoulda acted immediately on the first foul (on Xhaka) and snuffed all that bollocks out before it even happened. Tierney – all game – was… Read more »

Goonerrific

Was gob smacked to see kiwior come in for odegaard – someone’s got to explain that one to me.

Stroller

what did arteta say at half time because it did nothing. we were the same eleven players but couldn’t string two passes together. No game management from the boss. We’ve lost the Premiership here.