Don’t Rile Jurgen Klopp
It stands to reason that you don’t wave a piece of meat in front of a lion right? But for some reason Arteta fancied his chances Saturday afternoon mouthing off to Klopp. Now don’t get me wrong, Jurgen gives as good as he gets but it was a ballsy move that early from a usually mild-mannered Arteta on the touchline.
Arsenal’s form had improved of late and up to this stage Liverpool looked a little subdued but Arteta was made to look stupid for his role in the touchline antics.Embed from Getty Images
You don’t rile up Jurgen Klopp, you just don’t, particularly not in front of a jam packed Anfield. The double booking for the managers escalated the players and the Kopites to a whole new level and from there on out it would be disaster for Arsenal.
Despite Ramsdale’s efforts, the Gunners let in four with Mane, Jota, Salah and Minamino all finding the net for the Reds.
I bloody love Andy Robertson but I think most would admit he’s been a little off the pace recently, probably not helped by the sheer amount of games he plays for Liverpool. After picking up an injury it allowed Tsimikas in for the Arsenal game.
I didn’t know what to expect from the Greek when we signed him, I’m not one of these transfer nerds (wish I was!) who has their eye on all the prospects and all the leagues but I’d read a little about him and could see why he interested Klopp.
He has been superb though! He’s comfortable in defence and has seemingly found it easy to provide the attacking element that Robbo and his counterpart Trent are so famous for. Tsimikas has a brilliant cross on him and every set piece he takes looks to create danger, I am really excited by him and it’s wonderful to know that we have such good competition for Robbo.
It’s no secret, i’ve never been the biggest fan of Ox, this isn’t a recent thing, he was never up there with my fave players even when he was in his prime (before his more serious injury). However, I’m never one to get on players backs, I don’t feel it’s useful – constructive and genuine criticism yes but tweeting that they’re shite every day, I’ve just never understood it.Embed from Getty Images
Despite my concerns though, Ox had a brilliant game yesterday, not just going forward but he was tenacious in winning the ball back and helping the likes of Fabinho. It was a big game for Ox to come into, especially up against his former side and I felt he settled in really well. It’s making me wonder if he could get back to his best given a few more solid appearances? Surely he’ll start against Porto in the week?
Will be keeping a close eye on him but I was impressed with his display on Saturday and I’m sure Klopp was too.
Tavares A Liability
Nuno Tavares talked the big talk prior to this fixture with various quotes in the press from him eluding to Arsenal being a big team and capable of the win, I think he also suggested he wasn’t fearful of Mo Salah?
I mean I get it, you have to be confident, otherwise what’s the point – it’s always risky putting it on record though. The Portuguese left-back had an absolute mare against Liverpool on Saturday. Highlighted when his poor pass was intercepted by Diogo Jota for Liverpool’s first.
Arsenal continued to play it out from the back, inviting pressure at an almost kamikaze level at points. For me, this did not help Tavares who was visibly struggling on several occasions to find a secure pass or play. Liverpool pounced on Arsenal – famous for being as strong without the ball as they are with it, Klopp’s side had no bother capitalising on Arsenal’s mistakes.
A tough one to take for Tavares and the rest of the Gunners’ defence.
After a solid victory for Liverpool which puts them back into 2nd (depending on the City result later today), it’s time to look ahead to the festive period. The Reds take on Porto on Wednesday night with Klopp able to rest players for this one, then face Southampton at home on the 27th November to finish off the month.
Heading into December, the fixtures are very interesting in my opinion, particularly for the first half of the month. Liverpool face Everton on the 1st and while we should beat Rafa’s side there’s always a bit of danger in these derby clashes. This is followed by Wolves at the Molineux (which I’ll be attending in the home end… haha). Wolves started the season slowly but have ramped up to 6th after beating West Ham on Saturday and are certainly no mugs, it could be a tricky fixture for Liverpool.
Then we’ve got AC Milan followed by Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa…
On paper, the Reds should be fine but it certainly makes for interesting reading, here’s hoping by Christmas we’re still in a strong position!