In a game to adjust the schedule, reminiscent of the 27th round of the Premier League, Portugal’s Diogo Jota led the way for Liverpool to win in the visit to Arsenal (2-0), at the Emirates Stadium, London .
With Portugal’s Cédric Soares (Arsenal) and Diogo Jota (Liverpool) starting, the first half was all about balance, with a goal-scoring opportunity for both sides to highlight. Liverpool, after just three minutes, following a corner kick, Van Dijk jumped higher than the defense and headed straight, sending Ramsdale shining between the posts. Then, at 23′, Cédric Soares, with a low shot, left foot, in the central zone, scares Alisson.
In the second half, Liverpool came better, sharper, Sadio Mané, at 47′, put the ball in the back of the net, but the offer was ruled out for offside. Seven minutes later, Diogo Jota, through Thiago Alcântara, opened the scoring, with Ramsdale frowned upon in the photo. The Portuguese left soon after, making way for Firmino, Klopp giving him some rest, as well as Luis Díaz, a former FC Porto player, who was replaced by Salah.
Arsenal blamed the goal and risked more in attack. Odegaard (58th) still forced Alisson to make a good intervention, but Liverpool ended up killing the match, Firmino scoring the second goal, through a pass from Andrew Robertson, in the area.
Until the final whistle red held the result, even if the gunners were close to reducing, through Martinelli, but the ball grazed the left post of Alisson’s goal.
With the result, Liverpool are one point behind leaders Manchester City and are alive and well in the title fight. Arsenal, which thinks of reaching the Champions League next season, remains in 4th position, with only one point (51) more than Man. United, but with two games less.