Diogo Jota had been on the pitch for nine minutes when he punctured the top game against Arsenal with his first goal for Liverpool after the transfer from Wolverhampton.
Liverpool – Arsenal 3–1
A huge loss by Andy Robertson at first could have cost Liverpool dearly in the top game against Arsenal, but again the reigning league champions showed what qualities they possess when they turned the game around after goals by Sadio Mané and mentioned Robertson.
At the end, newcomer Diogo Jota appeared and set the final score at 3-1 in his first Premier League match for Liverpool.
– It’s a great feeling. I just wish the stadium was full. It would have been even more special. I’m just glad I could decide the match. The most important thing was to take three points, says the Portuguese attacker in an interview shown on TV 2.
Jota was also praised by TV 2 commentator Øyvind Alsaker after the match.
– He really showed class, he said and was supported by Brede Hangeland:
– He is small, nimble in the feet, strong in the body and good at getting in the right position. He fits in very well in Liverpool.
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It was the home team that got off to the best start, without creating the big chances. The first shot came after 13 minutes, when Virgil van Dijk got the head of a post from Alexander-Arnold, but the stopper did not get enough power behind the header and David Luiz cleared.
Two minutes later, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to take action when Mané had run free and met the post from Alexander-Arnold, but the finish went straight to the German goalkeeper.
Maybe Liverpool’s Senegalese striker was lucky to be on the pitch at the time. Before two minutes had been played, he received a yellow card after hitting Kieran Tierney in the face with his elbow. Judge Craig Pawson could have drawn another card.
Halfway through the half, Alexander-Arnold was central again. When the corner kick was cleared out of the penalty area, the hosts’ right back was ready. The finish went via the knees of the away team’s right back Héctor Bellerín and in the crossbar behind a played Leno.
Arsenal’s attacking trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian struggled to find each other in the first half. according to Squawka the three did not pass each other during the first quarter of Monday’s top match.
When Arsenal finally had to succeed offensively, it was with the help of the home team’s otherwise solid left-back Robertson.
25 minutes were played when the guests from North London came on their first visit ahead. Ashley Maitland-Niles swung in from the left. Robertson should clear without much trouble, but slipped the ball to Lacazette.
The latter did not hit the ball very well either, but in the panic that had arisen, Alisson had ended up on his butt, and the ball went over Liverpool’s Brazilian last defense and into goal.
The goal is Lacazette’s second away win in the Premier League this season. There are as many as the Frenchman managed in 15 league games on foreign grass last season.
Struck back quickly
However, Liverpool, who have not lost a Premier League match at home at Anfield in three and a half years, quickly struck back.
First, Mané got an easy job of walking into the equalizer when Leno had to return on a shot from Mohamed Salah.
Then Robertson made up for his horrible mistake earlier in the inning when he muffled the post from Alexander-Arnold before he nicely tipped the ball over Arsenal’s German goalkeeper and into goal.
The home team’s pick-up was praised by Brede Hangeland.
– It is an extremely impressive football team. There is so much energy in that team. It must be a nightmare to meet them, Hangeland said in TV 2’s Premier League studio during the break.
Lacazette burns solid chance
Even after the break, as before the break, it took some time before the chances came.
Just over an hour had passed when midfielder Van Dijk squeezed in from distance. The ball got a nasty bounce in the grass just in front of Leno, who did a good job when he knocked the ball out of the dangerous zone.
In the next few minutes, the ketchup effect took effect at Anfield. First, Lacazette should put in his second for the evening when substitute Dani Ceballos sent him through alone with Alisson.
Lacazette tried to round out the last chance, but ended up shooting in the middle of him. When the Frenchman was taken off the field ten minutes later, he pulled the suit over his head in frustration at the chance he burned.
Then Mané was close to becoming a two-goal scorer when he finished after turning a five-pointer, but the ball rolled outside the post.
Nine goals as Liverpool advanced to the cup
The newcomer scored
With eleven minutes of regular time left, Diogo Jota entered his first Premier League match for his new employer.
The Portuguese recently arrived at the reigning league champions from Wolverhampton. He was close to getting his first goal after just four minutes, but then shot into the net wall.
Three minutes later, Salah ran in the way of the newcomer.
On the third attempt, however, the 23-year-old was to succeed. When a post from Alexander-Arnold was headed out into the return room, Jota squeezed on the direct. The shot went through the post and into goal.
Liverpool thus stands with a full pot after three games.