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Saka Scores, Injured As Arsenal Whip Liverpool 3-1

Liverpool suffered only their second defeat in the Premier League, losing 3-1 to Arsenal.

Although Liverpool were fluid on the ball early on, Arsenal saw the better of chances, not least a header Bukayo Saka somehow skewed well wide after Gabriel Martinelli did the hard work.

Saka got the opener soon after, though, a bright move seeing Kai Havertz thwarted by Alisson only for the winger to finish on the rebound.

Liverpool were, largely, the architects of their own misery as sloppy play at the back invited Arsenal on, with a chance wasted for Martin Odegaard after a mixup on the right-hand side.

Trent Alexander-Arnold grew in influence as the minutes ticked by, though, crafting half-chances for Cody Gakpo and Virgil van Dijk with sharp deliveries from out wide.

The equaliser came in comical circumstances, with the persistence of Luis Diaz, chasing down a chipped pass from Ryan Gravenberch, seeing the Colombian’s swing at the ball dragged into the goal via Gabriel’s hand.

There were no changes of personnel at half-time, but Jurgen Klopp appeared to have tweaked Curtis Jones‘ role to sit deeper, to address the landscape of the game.

A triple substitution came within 12 minutes of the restart, though, with Andy Robertson, Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez all coming on.

But Arsenal were back in front by the half’s midpoint, with a simple long ball not dealt with by Van Dijk and a hapless Alisson to give Martinelli an open goal to tap into.

The withdrawal of Martinelli and injury to Saka gave Liverpool the impetus to push on for a leveller, with Klopp rolling the dice with the introduction of Thiago late on.

But Liverpool’s misery was compounded by a red card for Ibrahima Konate and a late strike from Leandro Trossard, through the legs of Alisson, for only a second defeat of the Premier League campaign.

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