Wenger's decision not to start Sanchez, as well as suggesting the reasoning behind the omission was a desire to play a more direct brand of football, backfired as his side were well-beaten on Merseyside.
Wenger insisted ahead of the game it was a tactical decision to leave Sanchez out, although claims on Monday morning suggested the star was actually dropped after a bust-up with the boss and a number of team-mates last week. You have more pressure in the bigger games than the smaller ones and we deliver in the bigger games.
"We came back in the second half, responded well, but didn't perform at our level in the first half".
"I explained after the game I chose to go for a more direct option, that was the unique reason for my decision".
After the match, there was only going to be one question on everyone's mind - why was Alexis Sanchez left on the bench, especially with Mesut Ozil already absent through illness?
Gunners superstar Alexis Sanchez now wants to make a move away from Premier League giants Arsenal as he was not happy after being dropped in Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.
Still, for the new deal to be broadly welcomed Wenger needs a healthy finish to the season, qualification for the Champions League and clear indications that next year's team will carry more serious world-class talents.
"We did go direct in the first half".
While Liverpool has enjoyed good results against better opposition, it has struggled against lower-half teams - losing to the likes of Leicester, Hull City, Swansea City, Bournemouth and Burnley this season. "It is not so easy to compete with clubs who spend a lot of money every season", said Gilberto, who played in Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning team. I'm sorry, but surely we want 25 players with that same attitude? No? "When everybody tells you you need to buy strikers and you buy them and then everybody says, why don't you keep them on the pitch, but it's impossible", he said.
"But we have potential and you make quality of it, with work and all that stuff".
"He is not in the squad, he only had one session yesterday and he was sick - he was out the whole of last week and I don't think he is ready physically to be in the squad".