Klopp content as Liverpool strikers fail to fire at Arsenal
Nov 04 2018 by Johnnie Parsons
The sense of listlessness off the pitch, too.
However, the scorelines, especially the Cardiff one, are slightly flattering as there were periods in the game last weekend that showed that despite the results, this Liverpool attack is not yet functioning like it was doing last season. But faded after the break and was taken off with Arsenal chasing an equaliser.
Liverpool had to be satisfied with a 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Saturday (Nov 3) as their usually prolific attacking trio were well shackled by their improving hosts.
And despite leaving the field as league leaders, some Liverpool fans seem intent on applying an impossible standard to the side - and want them to win every single match.
Both teams settled for the draw as Liverpool go top of the Premier League standings as Manchester City and Chelsea have a game to spear.
That point at the Emirates as good as it got against the Premier League elite last season. We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.
The last time they met, Emery's Sevilla outplayed Liverpool in a Europa League final and their first Premier League encounter proved a minor triumph for his Arsenal side.
"A point is a fair result, but we had clear chances to win and that is frustrating", said Klopp. However, the real test of how far Emery's Arsenal have evolved since being outclassed by City on the opening weekend of the season comes when Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday. I think the balance in 90 minutes is more positive in the control against them, but it's hard not to let them have chances also.
"The reaction of the team was ideal", goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Arsenal's official website afterwards.
Leno had good and bad moments in this game, but the German looks an upgrade on the aging and error-prone Petr Cech.
Torreira has been hugely impressive in the way he recovers possession. The Uruguayan is the defensive midfielder Wenger's teams had lacked for at least a decade, and he has brought tenacity, vision, energy and a smart football brain to Emery's Arsenal.
Emery obviously identified this need in the summer and made a decision to plug that gap by signing the 22-year-old. "Long time", Emery said in his post-match press conference and while he stated this performance surpassed Arsenal's efforts against City and Chelsea earlier this season, he is aware there is still plenty more work to be done. "I believe this, in any case, must give us courage". With Klopp playing the safer by ignoring Xherdan Shaqiri's form and leaving him out, Emery fielded all of Arsenal's "big four" attackers in his starting XI but then was proactive...