Senior quartet were vulnerable: Three things we learned about Liverpool from win v Arsenal
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points after Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Mane has been a magnificent signing
Sadio Mane joined Liverpool for a fee of £34million and despite the big price tag he is proving his worth. Against Arsenal, he netted his 12th goal of the Premier League season, a brilliant haul given the fact that he missed a good chunk of January because he was on international duty. The Senegal international provides power in the final third and a drive that complements the quick-footed Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Same type of performance needed against the lesser teams
The overall attacking performance from the Reds was magnificent. From their aggressive pressing to the manner in which they caused problems in the final third. This is needed against the lesser teams and in truth, this was a far cry from the display against Leicester. Their mentality, both at home and away needs to change and be prepared for all types of matches. If they can do this then in the coming seasons a title challenge could turn into a title win.
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Senior quartet vulnerable when the pressure was on
Jurgen Klopp still needs to sort out his defence. One win and one brilliant attacking display against a top side shouldn’t paper over the cracks. When Arsene Wenger brought on his attackers in the second period and they piled on the pressure, the Reds defensive quartet looked vulnerable. In the summer, Klopp needs to add more strength in his backline, both at full-back and centre-back. Competition is needed at the heart of defence, while the hard working James Milner needs to play in the middle of the park, rather than at left-back.
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