Well, that was something else.
A 3-3 draw, 6 different goal scorers and a blown Liverpool lead turned a match destined for 3-0 into arguably the match of the season.
Serious question: At what point did you actually know who was going to win?
Was it when Liverpool went up 1-0 off Coutinho’s header? Possibly, but then again Liverpool have struggled to protect leads as of late (Sevilla in the Champions League, Everton in the Merseyside Derby). 1-0 Reds.
Or was it Salah’s goal to double the lead for the Reds? I sure thought it was. Liverpool firing on all cylinders. Controlling possession, taking chances, good shots. 2-0 Reds.
No, no. Wrong.
In fact, some lazy Joe Gomez defense made this game impossible to call as it allowed Alexis Sanchez to provide hope with a forceful header between Mignolet’s legs. 2-1 Reds.
And then came the fireworks. Mignolet failed to keep out a rocket from Granit Xhaka no more than 2 minutes later as the Gunners came level. Why on earth Mignolet went up with only 1 hand on a shot that honestly could’ve been saved is beyond me. But…that was a hell of a shot. 2-2 all.
Sadly, Arsenal weren’t done with the dagger to Jurgen Klopp’s side, as some clever passes eventually found Alexandre Lacazette in the box. Yet Lacazette didn’t shoot, instead opting to play a back heel flick to a running Mesut Ozil who then cheekily placed his shot over Mignolet and sent the Emirates, Arlo White, Graeme Le Saux and our editor Jason Hannigan into a state of euphoria. 3-2 Gunners.
Stunned and bloodied, Liverpool clawed their way back into the game, with Roberto Firmino eventually finding some space in the box to rip a shot that Cech sent into the air only to have to drop down into the net. 3-3.
And that’s how the match ended. A few flurries late put fans on the edge of their seats. In fact, Ozil almost stole the game from a deflected cross that Mignolet palmed over with only one hand. Simon, God gave you two for a reason. 3-3 full-time.
- Mohamed Salah is the Player of the Year, and we should all accept that. 15 goals and 4 assists is one thing, but the creativity, energy, pace, attitude and consistency he has brought to Liverpool has made him one of the most sought after talents as of late.
- I will pay Simon Mignolet double his weekly wages if he uses his second hand the next couple games. Please, for my sake, just do it.
- It was also cool to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get into the match against his old club. He was rather quiet, however, coming on in place of Coutinho with just 5 minutes left. What wasn’t quiet were the boos raining down from the Emirates. Loud and constant. The man played 6 years and over 130 games for you, what do you want?
- Emre Can played well in the midfield for Liverpool, providing some much needed physicality and mental strength after the Reds went down. A true shame for the Reds if they let him leave for Juventus in the transfer window.
- Mesut Ozil IS worth it. Not going to lie, I doubted him early on in the year. But with 3 goals and 3 assist in the last 7 games, I’m changing my stance. I’ll have to doubt him again when he leaves for United and Old Trafford, however.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Don’t know if there is one. Salah is a good bet. Ozil played well. Maitland-Niles looked good at times, then not so great at others. Sanchez had passion and a goal. I’ll say Salah for now. I’m biased. Sue me.
This exciting match was open and free flowing, the kind of thing a non-biased fan would have loved to see.
Liverpool and Arsenal always have pretty solid clashes that are entertaining, the 4-3 game from last season’s opener for example.
This does put a damper on any hopes these teams had of catching Manchester City (as if there was a chance. It’s wishful thinking, look it up) as a draw leaves Liverpool and Arsenal 4, 5 in the table.
All in all, a fun match. 3-3. Lots of fun. Drama. Comeback. Suspense. Terrible goalkeeping. But that’s football.
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