Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with manager Jurgen Klopp refusing to look at the table as his side sits 14 points behind the Premier League leaders. Liverpool are in 10th place with 10 points after eight games, their worst start in Klopp’s seven-year reign, and with second-placed Manchester City visiting Anfield next Sunday, there is little time to turn things around.
“We don’t have to look at the table yet, but we know where we are without looking at it, so we’re not done,” Klopp said after his team’s second defeat of the season to Sky Sports. Those two losses and four draws have left Liverpool trailing behind Arsenal and City, and while Klopp is frustrated by his team’s slow start, he is not looking for excuses.
“This game (against Arsenal) is over, we can’t just accept a situation and say it’s just not happening or whatever, we’re not kids,” he explained. “We did a lot of good things, scored two really nice goals, and played really good stuff against the team in form in the league, because we are probably the team not in form in the league.
” Klopp’s team has a quick turnaround as they travel to Rangers in the Champions League in midweek before welcoming City and their free-scoring striker Erling Haaland to Merseyside the following weekend. When asked what he would do to prepare his team for those two matches, Klopp said he would go back to basics.
It was immaculately worked and sloppily resisted, just like Martinelli’s goal. Henderson found Diogo Jota, who slid a clever ball down the right side of a stray Saliba. The centre-back had no idea where Firmino, who had taken over for Diaz, was hiding, and punishment was meted out with a fine finish across Ramsdale.
Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-2
The impact of the goal may have appeared significant, but it did little to reverse the flow. Arsenal continued to excel through sharpness and structure; even if clear chances were elusive, Xhaka volleying over from a tight angle, Klopp’s substitution of Fabinho for the final quarter said a lot.
It’s not like the change made a difference. Liverpool had barely escaped a tornado of pressure when Thiago Alcántara challenged Gabriel Jesus for the captaincy.