Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Liverpool are perfectly set up to exploit Arsenal’s first-half sluggishness

Liverpool are perfectly set up to exploit Arsenal’s first-half sluggishness

"They are in the time we expected, we didn't have to rush there was no reason for trying to get them ready. As long as the boys are fit, we have a really good football team". That's England a little bit, you want the poster boys.

The Champions League final that season was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea while Liverpool were in the semi-finals too, making it three out of four semi-finalists from the Premier League.

"I think it was a goal,"Klopp said".

Jurgen Klopp did not understand why Sadio Mane's first-half goal was ruled out for offside, but admitted he did not think that could be blamed for his side's 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Arsenal deserved a point from what, given the opposition, was arguably its most impressive performance of the season and it came thanks to one of Emery's substitutions: Alex Iwobi, who drifted in from the left and played a terrific ball through to Lacazette.

There has been an astonishing average of 5.4 goals per game between these two sides in their last five meetings, but Liverpool have tended to come out on top and that looks like the safest bet again this weekend.

One of the major culprits for Liverpool's collapse that night, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, has played just two Premier League games for the club since, while within weeks Virgil van Dijk was bought for a world record fee for a defender.

What is the difference this season?

DF Sead Kolasinac, 7 - Couldn't have had a tougher assignment in his first league start of the season in going up against Mohamed Salah, but he managed to use his physicality to great effect against the Egyptian without stepping over the line.

"Everybody in football knows how good Emery is".

"We are not compact enough", Klopp said.

The Croatia global has been Jurgen Klopp's third-choice centre-half throughout the Premier League season so far.

Marco Silva's side will have to find a way to stop in-form striker Glenn Murray who has scored six of Brighton's 11 goals this campaign, helping them to 11th in the standings, one point behind Everton.

"The result tomorrow is very important, but firstly I want to show everybody our best mentality in the game".

He has done the same with every player, by creating an environment where they are fighting for their place.

"The progress takes time, a long time in football is very hard to demand".

"Now for us, it's a good example of how you can improve in your way".

After his masterclass against Leicester, Ozil did not have the best of games and he was clearly frustrated by that, and not being able to stay on the field to rectify things.

Not only has the German conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets this season, but his passing accuracy (78.17%) is also far superior to Cech's (68.3%).

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