They say that football is played on the details, and the match between Liverpool and Arsenal is the embodiment of this saying.
Juergen Klopp prevented Mikel Arteta from cementing the knot and forbade him to outrun him for the third time in a row; To win Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League to claim the full mark after 3 rounds.
Both coaches relied on the familiar schematic diagram. Klopp 4-3-3 and Arteta 3-4-2-1.
However, Klopp learned from last season’s match in Round 36 and the Charity Shield match at the opening of the current season; And he decided to play Bertam High throughout the match and put pressure on the artillery players during the construction of the attack to extract the ball and aim at Bernd Leno, provided that his players repeat the threat to Arsenal’s goal, no matter what opportunities they missed.
Arteta prefers to build the attack from the back with the return of the three-core defense to the penalty area with Lino, to the two-focal point returning to the back with the backs of the flank until the ball is graduated to the opponent’s goal.
But Klopp denied it.
Here, Sadio Mane presses Lino inside the penalty area; To pass to David Luiz, who Salah is preparing to approach. Arteta’s instructions were clear to the players not to send longitudinal even though they were pressured.
Salah’s pressure caused Louise to miss a pass, to reach Trent Alexander-Arnold and not Maitland Nails.
Arnold extracted the ball and passed it to Nabi Keita, who provided a pass on a plate to Jenny Wijnaldum without control, but his shot was not dangerous.
The previous example not only deprived Arsenal of the ball, but made them lose it in a dangerous area and led to an opportunity that Liverpool did not take advantage of, while the next example illustrates another idea that Arteta wanted to implement in the exit with the ball.
Here Lino passes again to Luis stationed next to him, with pressure from Liverpool players, as if it were man-to-man oversight.
Luiz, in turn, passed Kieran Tierney on the left side, but when Salah pressed him, the Scotsman sent a long ball that did not find any of the Arsenal players.
And because we did not show all cases where Liverpool pressure succeeded; We will explain in pictures the places of its effectiveness.
It was from these places that the Arsenal players (in blue) lost the ball in their midfield.
It was from these places that Liverpool players (in orange) took the ball.
As for the passes of Arsenal players (390 passes), they explain more of Arteta’s idea of his desire to build play from the back and not send long balls, and also explain the effectiveness of Liverpool’s pressure.
As well as the average positioning of players in the middle of the field.
For this defensive conglomerate, Klopp was more dependent on making the play from the right side as shown by the map and through the cross balls from Arnold and Salah’s ability to penetrate, as happened in the first goal ball.
In his interview with “The Athletic” Andrew Robertson talked about how he played as a left back with Klopp, and how he used the opportunities during the match to be better in all aspects, which happened in the second goal ball.
The strict individual control that Arteta follows with the Liverpool players during their search for the goal does not result in any spaces, but sometimes we find a duo from Arsenal on a Reds player, but Robertson has succeeded in deciphering this code.
The Scottish full-back took advantage of Willian’s failure to return (with the red arrow) with him to present the defensive duty, and advanced to the penalty area and asked Arnold to send a cross and take advantage of the Arsenal players’ preoccupation with monitoring Liverpool players.
Then he becomes in the position to score, and in front of goal Robertson is unmistakable.
This was about Liverpool. What about Arsenal?
Despite the fierce pressure and success of Liverpool in most cases, the cases in which Arsenal succeeded in overcoming him were creating dangerous opportunities on Alison’s goal.
Arsenal’s only goal, and although it came from a mistake by Robertson in dispersing the ball, it reflects Arteta’s success in his idea if implemented.
Here Lino begins the onslaught by passing to Lewis, who asks Maitland Nils to come close to collect his pass.
Nils passes censorship-free Turnie to the left. A pass intended to attract Liverpool players.
The withdrawal of Liverpool players continues, with Terney’s pass by Pierre Emerke Aubameyang. Then a pass by Granit Xhaka unattended, who in turn sends a pass that breaks the lines of Liverpool to Alexander Lacazette.
Turney’s pass to Aubameyang made Arnold advance to Gabonese control, creating a space in which Maitland Nails would launch to receive the expected pass from Lacazette. Which is what happened.
Despite Maitland’s wrong behavior, he stopped the series of smooth passes, but the attack ended with a goal by the Exit to reward Arsenal for relieving Liverpool pressure.
With Liverpool’s relegation in the second half for a while, Arsenal did not find it difficult or the need to pass 5-6 times out of the penalty area because the Reds were stationed in the center of the stadium with the spaces between the lines reduced; But the poor positioning of defense for Liverpool almost cost them dearly.
Twice, Willian and then Danny Ceballos sent a charming pass from midfield towards Alison’s goal; Liverpool’s streaks hit, but Lacazette’s recklessness prevented Arsenal from conceding an equalizer.
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Minor details almost made Arsenal draw, at least, but due to the poor implementation of Arteta’s ideas and the poor finish in front of the goal from the French striker, the gunners failed to achieve even a point.
As for Liverpool players, they continued to attack fiercely, press hard and implement what Klopp wanted until they achieved victory.