In the third round of the Premier League, Liverpool played against Arsenal at home. After conceding a goal first, Mane quickly equalized, and Robertson made up for it. At the end of the game, Jota, who made his home debut, also scored his first goal. In the end, Liverpool defeated Arsenal 3-1, and the league won three consecutive victories.
Compared with the first meeting of the Community Shield Cup, the overall formation structure of the two sides has not changed much. It is only due to factors such as injury return and transfers that two to three personnel adjustments have been made. In the game played a month ago, Liverpool's two wing attacks were not working smoothly. Counterattack Holdin and Tierney can easily lock Mane and Salah, and once the header starts, the landing point in the penalty area can not compete for the defense led by Louis. The team only relied on the score of Minano Takumi who came off the bench to reluctantly drag the game into a penalty kick.
Welcome back to Arnold, who has returned from injury, Liverpool in this game face Arsenal with two complete wing attack frames. Soon after Robertson made a mistake and gave a gift, Liverpool immediately relied on the defensive problem of the opponent's wing and tore open the Arsenal defense. Arnold got the ball and gave it to Keita. At this time, the center of gravity of Arsenal's overall defense was shifted to the left. Niles appeared close to the center line, Tierney defended Salah from the wing, Keita, who was on the side, needed Louis to defend. Xhaka came from behind to defend, but Ernene did not keep an eye on Firmino and let him run forward to catch the ball.
Although Keita fell to the ground, but Firmino successfully took over the ball. Holding made up to the center position, Bellerin needed to adduct to defend Mane. Tierney turned back to defend Firmino, and Salah on the wing was empty again. Ernene's failure to keep an eye on Firmino at the beginning was a key to this ball.
Originally, Arsenal had a number advantage and a position advantage in this area. Although Niles is not in position, Arsenal has formed a double-team for the ball holder by virtue of the overall movement of the defense line, and there is no leakage in the regular position. However, as soon as Firmino joins, defensive players in other positions need to give up their original defensive positions and come back to make up for Firmino. With one more pawn, Liverpool will revitalize this area. Salah forced Tierney from the wing, Leno barely tried to block, and Mane made a supplementary shot to equalize the score.
A few minutes later, Liverpool used the wing to instigate an offensive and scored a goal for the overtake. Van Dijk made a long pass to Firmino, and Tierney's restrictions were relatively in place. As for Salah, there was also a siege from Zaka and Niles. Louis and Holding are already in place, not to mention Ernene and Bellerin who retreated into the penalty area. Arsenal's defense near the penalty area is in place, but their forward line has not returned to give them much support.
This led to the basic concentration of defenders near the penalty area, and the outer area was still controlled by Liverpool. This has already been reflected in the Community Shield game, but Liverpool did not seize the opportunity at that time. Arnold received the ball and adjusted to make a pass, and Arsenal's frontcourt players appeared in the camera. Due to Liverpool's continued pressure on the right, Arsenal's defensive line once again shifted to the left. Holding needs to defend against Wijnaldum, Bellerin must target Mane.
At this time, Robertson at the bottom of the screen was moving forward at high speed, but William did not pay enough attention. Even if Bellerin saw this, he couldn't give up Mane, who threatened the same in the middle. Arnold's pass is the back point, Robertson faced the goalkeeper outflank, but also made up for it.
Liverpool has the ability to quickly move laterally and can transfer the ball to the weak side of the opponent's defense as soon as possible. This person can be Robertson, Arnold, or Van Dyke. In this game, they skillfully put Firmino or a certain midfielder on a certain wing, forming a partial numerical advantage here. In order to counteract, Arsenal must act. The wing guard needs to come back, and the entire line of defense needs to be moved. However, this kind of movement is not neat enough after all, and the space at the far end is unavoidable. With a long pass, Liverpool can solve all problems.
This time Liverpool's frontcourt attack almost succeeded. Mane turned to the right and led Tierney to the side. Salah ran laterally to the sideline, and due to the passing line with Arnold, Louis also moved closer to him. At this time, Firmino in the center faced Holding, and it was not a problem to slash the space behind Louis. It's just that Firmino chested back and made the ball slightly forward, and Leno attacked to get the ball before Salah.
Liverpool’s attack on the left has stalled this time, and the other four players, including two strikers, formed a semi-circle against Robertson-Wijnaldum. Other defensive players have already taken up positions in the penalty area, and the chances of forcibly playing forward are not high. The only gap was in the backward pass, and Robertson passed back to Van Dyke. The latter slightly adjusted to a long pass to the right, which is precisely the weak side of Arsenal's defense. Arnold kept passing the ball straight in, but unfortunately he could not find his teammate.
3 1 victory over Arsenal, in the first two Big6 civil wars of the season, Liverpool were the last to laugh. The toughness of the team has been tested to a great extent, and the positive significance of these two victories is extraordinary. In the upcoming League Cup, Liverpool will face Arsenal. In this meeting, will the Liverpool children still have the good luck after the thrilling and thrilling last year?