Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino got on the scoresheet for Jurgen Klopp‘s side, who rose to second place as a result of the win. Arsenal stay fifth, three points off the Champions League places.
The Gunners held their clean sheet until 39 minutes, when Mane headed Liverpool ahead. Mikel Arteta‘s side had earlier had the ball in the net through Alexandre Lacazette, but the flag was raised for offside.
After the opening goal, Arsenal simply couldn’t handle Liverpool’s attacking prowess, and conceded a further three goals. It was the first time their defence had been breached in such a manner since their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in August.
Generally speaking, Arsenal’s defensive form has been impressive over recent months. The introduction of Aaron Ramsdale in goal has had a positive impact, whilst Ben White and Gabriel have formed a strong centre-back partnership. They had conceded just four goals in their last eight games prior to yesterday’s defeat.
Arsenal’s attacking problem
Whilst Arsenal have been largely sound defensively, they have had more difficulties going forward. They have only scored 13 goals in 12 league games this campaign – only six teams have scored fewer before Sunday’s matches.
Arteta’s side have also failed to score in five of their 13 games so far this season.
Sky Sports (as posted by Reddit) uploaded a graphic showing exactly where Arsenal need to improve compared to their Premier League opponents.
The Gunners are in 14th position for goals scored. Only seven of their 13 goals have come from open play – the second-worst total in the division.
Meanwhile, their expected goals (xG) tally is only marginally higher than their actual goals scored, suggesting that the side simply needs to create better and more clear cut chances in front of goal.
In addition, their shot conversion stands at 8.4 per cent, which ranks them 16th in the overall table.
What did Arteta say after Arsenal defeat to Liverpool?
Arteta told Sky Sports after the defeat to Liverpool: “I think the first half was very competitive. We both had moments and we competed well.”
“At 1-0 down we go to half-time, it is the moment we have to be patient, but we were completely the opposite. We completely crashed. That’s why we lose the game – the rest is a consequence of the frustration of having to chase the game.”
“We know they will punish you. They can press, they are one of the best at it. Mistakes are a part of football. They have been the best team in Europe because they can dominate in every aspect. They were better than us today.”
Arsenal are next in Premier League action on November 27 when they take on Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.
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