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Arsenal without Ozil against Liverpool

30 December, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Liverpool take on Arsenal in their final Premier League clash of 2018 this evening (5.30pm GMT).

Alex Iwobi capitalised after the Reds gave the ball away as he sent in a cross that evaded Alisson for Maitland-Niles to prod home at the back post.

The point that will not be lost on defending champions Manchester City, who face Klopp's side at the Etihad stadium on Thursday, was the excellence of Liverpool's attack.

Arsenal were unravelling at an alarming rate and Granit Xhaka was fortunate to escape an immediate second yellow card after kicking the ball away having clattered Robertson.

With an hour gone the Reds boss had seen enough and sent on midfielder Jordan Henderson for Mane but still the chances came, with Fabinho forcing Leno into a good save down to his right. Salah's shot takes a wild richochet, it takes a couple of lucky bounces and lands at the feet of Firmino who guides it into an empty net with a no-look finish! It was one man against virtually the entire Arsenal defence and Firmino won hands down.

But within five minutes, they were trailing.


The German playmaker is having a hard season, as he has been in and out of Unai Emery's team due to underwhelming performances and supposedly not fitting into the coach's tactical plans. The situation was already unsafe and a rash challenge from the luckless Papastathopoulos did nothing to improve it. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured a rampant Liverpool went into the break 4-1 up.

Liverpool then made it four just before the interval as Sokratis Papastathopoulos brought down Salah in the box.

Liverpool could have gone further ahead at the start of the second half but for a careless touch from Salah, showing too much of the ball to Leno and wasting a quite wonderful pass into the area by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Firmino wrapped things up in the 65th minute, scoring from the spot after Sead Kolasinac appeared to nudge Dejan Lovren to the ground.

Moreno captained Liverpool in pre-season and in November 2017 he missed the birth of his child so he could feature in a 3-0 win over Southampton. That's championship form in anyone's book.

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