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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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“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool

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Former Arsenal star and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has told Christian Pulisic to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool.

The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.

Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:

“No, don’t do it.

“It’s the wrong club for him.

“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.

“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.

The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp

“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.

“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.

“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”

The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.

Read more: “Man on a mission”, “Liverpool needs you” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after star posts training video

The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.

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(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke down in tears after Senegal’s 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.

Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.

His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.

Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.

Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.

The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.

Read more: “I probably have to do two months of running” – Liverpool star provides next steps on road to recovery

Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.

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Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation

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Liverpool are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Brazilian sensation Bruno Roberto, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.

Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.

The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.

The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.

Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.

Read more: “Man on a mission”, “Liverpool needs you” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after star posts training video

Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.

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