It looks to me as though Brendan Rodgers suddenly realised his position was becoming under threat and decided that if he was going to go down then he’d go down with all guns a blazing.
Gone was the “pragmatic” approach and doubtless spurred on by the success at Bournemouth Liverpool opted to play quick pass and move football through the midfield and for the first half of this game they made Arsenal look like a second tier side.
They were helped by much better distribution from Brad Jones in goal and whilst he doesn’t look like the real deal he could not be blamed for either goal and had relatively little to do all afternoon except pick the ball out of the net from Skrtel mistakes.
There so many positives to come out of this game that it is difficult to know where to start, 27 shots to 7 tells you everything you need to know. If the Reds had a striker worthy of the name this would have been a repeat of last season’s 5-1 shellacking.
Arsenal recorded their lowest possession stats since Opta records began. Were they simply poor or were Liverpool very good?
Coutinho constantly found pockets of space in the final third and scored a wonder goal. Sterling made Mertasacker look like a lumbering giant, which of course he is but he’s no slouch himself and must have been thankful for the final whistle.
Markovic is really beginning to look like a player and when Sturridge returns it’s going to be difficult to relegate him to the bench in favour of Sterling so there are a whole load of positives there.
Lucas is back to the top of his game and bossed the midfield but the biggest positive of the day was the performance of Sakho whose ungainly style wins him few plaudits but he is a beast in defence and Arsenal had little joy against him all afternoon.
The negative is of course the woeful, woeful shooting with shot after shot blazed high wide and handsome. In fact it was pretty ugly to watch at times and you began to fear that Liverpool would never score again in a month of Sundays.
Obviously this is a matter of technique with players leaning back before shooting – particularly Henderson who really should be adding goals to his repertoire at this stage of his career.
This was such a one sided game but at times it’s like watching a boxer with great technique and no knockout punch to get the job done, toiling away at the coal face for no reward.
Like a starved and caged dog suddenly let loose in the wild his second yellow should have been a straight red for a studs up challenge that left Corzola with a ripped shirt and a nasty stud mark across his chest.
Some say Borini has been treated shamefully and others say he’s not good enough so he’s getting what he deserves for trying to stay at a top club that he has no business being at.
We may have seen the last of Borini in a red shirt but that would be a pity because I believe he deserves a starting chance over Balotelli who didn’t even manage to get on the pitch and got himself suspended.
At least Borini showed the willingness to chase and harry for the cause and that is something we will never get from Balotelli. Plus he actually hit the target and forced the keeper into a save which is something that most of the team could not manage in the 99 minutes.