Latest Liverpool news: Reds’ pressing on Arsenal proved with incredible stat from 3-1 win
Unai Emery took a different route to defending against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Arsenal manager kept things narrow and loaded the box in hopes of repelling any crosses from our full-backs and it worked, to an extent.
Liverpool couldn’t make the crosses count but all of Arsenal’s hard work was undone when Joel Matip headed in from a corner.
Mohamed Salah got a brace in the second half as we romped home to a 3-1 win. The attack clicking into gear was great but the Reds also pressed the Gunners a lot.
Emery makes his Arsenal side to play out from the back and the Reds were in their old mode of ‘Gegenpressing’.
The Mirror wrote about Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, and highlighted how we pressed the life out of Arsenal:
“Arsenal, who gained a late consolation goal from Lucas Torreira, were never allowed to breathe. They were dispossessed in their own defensive third eight times in the first half. That’s the most by any team this season, and the most for Arsenal in a decade.”
Liverpool have controlled most games without the need to press right from the start, but this was different from the Reds on Saturday.
Liverpool’s defence still needs some work
The Reds were dominant in the clash but still allowed Arsenal a few chances at Anfield on Saturday.
However, most of those came from our mistakes, and that needs to be reduced in the upcoming clashes.
Liverpool face Burnley in a tough clash next week, but we should have enough in the tank to pick another three points.
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The Reds would probably change their tactics to deal with Burnley’s physical approach, and it will be interesting to see how we fare against Sean Dyche’s men.