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Alisson flops, Van Dijk gets unlucky: 5 talking points from Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal

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Liverpool and Arsenal played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Emirates. James Milner opened the scoring in the second half but the Reds could not hold out for the win as Alexandre Lacazette swivelled to score past Alisson.

The draw kept us at the top of the table until Chelsea and Manchester City played their games on Sunday.

Arsenal were full value for their point and could have gotten more, but we had a number of quality chances that fell to the wrong man.

The Reds will prepare for an important Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday and before that, here are the five talking points from the Emirates.

1) Alisson’s worst game for the Reds

Alisson joined Liverpool for a then world record fee and has been a quality signing. However, this was his worst performance for the Reds.

The Brazilian was caught out a number of times and was lucky not to concede when he missed the ball and a header went wide.

The keeper did not look confident during a few crosses too, and was partly responsible for the goal we conceded.

Our defence was ripped a number of times by the Gunners, and Alisson did just about enough to keep them at bay. We can give him a pass as this wasn’t his best game, but cannot have too many repeat performances like this.

2) James Milner keeps on going

Milner seems to be the man for the moment at Liverpool. The Englishman was at the right place, at the right time, as he calmly slotted the ball past Bernd Leno to give us the lead.

The Englishman is a fighter, something we need in our midfield, and this was his 50th Premier League goal.

James Milner scores for Liverpool

He did suffer a nasty injury late on, and after receiving lengthy treatment, he marched on like a soldier. Jordan Henderson might have been missed in this game, but there really was no one better than Milner to lead us wearing that armband.

3) Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to learn

Jurgen Klopp decided to play with Joe Gomez as the right-back in our draw against Manchester City, and although the Englishman wasn’t great in attack, he cut out the threat from City’s right side.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was played on Saturday, and Arsenal did a number on the youngster.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez

Time and again, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran past the English youngster, and it was a miracle he didn’t score against us.

The English youngster needs to get better after his stellar season last time around, and unless he gets better, we will see more of Gomez in the right side of the back four.

4) What happened to the midfield domination?

Playing with a trio of Fabinho, Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum should have helped us dominate the Arsenal midfield.

However, the Gunners were the ones calling the shots in midfield and having a real go at our defence. Fabinho didn’t look all that comfortable playing against the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil.

Milner was his usual self in midfield while Wijnaldum was missing throughout the game.

Klopp made a formation change in the second half which helped us cut out the Arsenal threat, but the Gunners were better in the battle of the midfields.

5) Unlucky Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk must be thinking what he must do to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool. The Dutch defender scored on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup last season and had three quality chances to get the ball into the net.

Bernd Leno brilliantly saved twice and the Dutch defender hit the post once. We can only imagine what could have been had one of our strikers gotten the chances that Van Dijk had.

Read more: James Milner laments Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness after 1-1 Arsenal draw

Hopefully, the Dutch defender can score soon and break his Premier League duck for the Reds.

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Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.

The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.

Redknapp was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro) and claims such games are huge for the supporters:

“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.

“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.

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“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe

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Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded the latest Jose Mourinho jibe where the Manchester United manager claimed that trophies are important.

The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.

The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”

The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.

Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”

The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.

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Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.

The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.

The Brazilian has been exceptional for us since signing from AS Roma, and the keeper spoke to the Times (h/t ESPN) claiming that the save almost felt like scoring a game-winning goal.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”

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The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp provides crucial injury update ahead of clash against Manchester United

Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.

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