Liverpool geared up for big Champions League match by making light work of Arsenal in Premier League match to reignite top 4 hopes
The top-four chances for Liverpool are well and truly alive following their comprehensive win against Arsenal. The Reds saw both Chelsea and Leicester City lose prior to their game in north London and pounced decisively. Second-half strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah sealed a comfortable win at the Emirates after a dominant opening 45.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked back to their best early on as they dominated proceedings and will have felt aggrieved to go in level at half-time. But the introduction of Jota proved telling as he broke the deadlock and then notched his side’s third. Salah’s persistence saw him get in on the act and the Reds now sit just two points off the coveted fourth spot.
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TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD SENDS A STATEMENT TO GARETH SOUTHGATE WITH HIS DISPLAY AGAINST ARSENAL
England manager Gareth Southgate made a huge decision when he left out Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold off his latest international squad. The right-back position is one of the most competitive in the Three Lions camp but Arnold’s displays over the last few years have set him out as arguably the standout player in his position in the world.
The 22-year-old has, however, not had the best of campaigns this term and has struggled to hit the previous heights attained. He responded to his international snub in the best way possible and was arguably the best player on the field against Arsenal.
The England international showed his defensive awareness with two tackles and three interceptions but it was at the other end where he was at his most productive. His delivery for Jota’s opener was a throwback to his very best performances and he could have registered another assist had Sadio Mane not inexplicably headed wide from six yards.
It was an all-around performance from Trent Alexander-Arnold, highlighting that the decrease in output was just a temporary loss in form. Gareth Southgate will do well to take note.