The Premier League season is officially back and the Reds have returned for revenge. After narrowly missing out on becoming the 2018 Premier League champions, their enthusiasm and drive that has been witnessed in these starting games show they will not repeat the same mistakes. Last year, they managed to achieve a whopping 97 points and became the first-ever team to get that many points in Premier League history and still not win.
Manchester City went on to win the Premier League title and well deserved it, too. The Citizens also managed to win the domestic treble, which Pep Guardiola claims is a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League. This was a huge feat for Guardiola as the Blues won England’s three major honors in a single season, under his guidance.
Moreover, the Reds are hungry for the Premier League title which has never before been won by them. Undoubtedly, they are off to a great start as shown in their first three starting matches. The most recent one against Arsenal allowed star striker Mohamed Salah to show off his outstanding athletic ability and Joel Matip’s first-half header to result in a dominant performance at Anfield, defeating the Gunners 3-1.
Although, captain of the Liverpool team Jordan Henderson believes there are still areas for improvement. Despite putting in their best display of the season so far, it was the goal they conceded, which means last season’s meanest defense have yet to keep a clean sheet in five outings so far, which had Henderson pausing for self-reflection amid all the praise being lavished on them.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, also said his side “do not need to excite everyone in every second”. Although he believes it was a comfortable win against Arsenals, the Reds put on “a performance full of power, energy, greed, and passion, which I think you need against a team like Arsenal.”
Mo Salah scored a stunning clincher as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1.
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Arsenal’s new signing, David Luiz, might’ve seemed like he was causing problems on the field as he needlessly dragged Mohamed Salah back in the danger area to score his 49th-minute goal. Ripping Emery’s plans before his very eyes, Salah rammed home the penalty and then Luiz compounded the error by over-committing against the Egyptian at the start of a brilliant run that ended with him scoring Liverpool’s third.
Nigel Winterburn, former Arsenal legend, claims: “Emery needs to start delivering this season, a team like Arsenal should be looking at automatic Champions League qualification and winning the Europa League – it shouldn’t be one or the other. That’s the expectation that comes with playing for a team like Arsenal”.
The Gunners have conceded 25 total goals in their past seven visits to Anfield and these statistics lay like rubble around the feet of manager Unai Emery and his side. Arsenal left Anfield disappointed once more, but there is still a bit of hope for Emery and improvement if you look hard enough. Though it is already evident that Arsenal’s task this season is to finish in the top four, some would argue.