The media watched in awe as Liverpool and Arsenal play out a Premier League classic at Anfield, with the Reds showing much needed quality and heart.
Jurgen Klopp’s men found themselves 2-0 down and in all sorts of trouble on Sunday, but ended up drawing 2-2 in dramatic fashion.
Roberto Firmino’s late header earned Liverpool a point, although Ibrahima Konate also missed an incredible chance to win the game from the death.
It was a thrilling contest that ebbed and flowed, with media watching taking a breather and dissecting the action.
A true classic that has been enjoyed by many…
THE IndependentIt is Michael Delaney couldn’t believe what he saw:
“It should have been so much better for Arsenal, but it could have been so much worse. Likewise Liverpool.
“While it’s hard for anyone to know how to feel after this, it at least reflects the true reality of a title chase.
“This is where it gets serious. It’s a warning of what’s to come, not an end in itself, despite those remarkable final minutes.
“Jurgen Klopp’s side could have had a raise. But that wasn’t what it could have been for them either. They could have been embarrassingly beaten, but could have won resoundingly.
Melissa Reddy summed up the crazy nature of the game in a quick Twitter post:
I feel like I watched an entire season in this game
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) April 9, 2023
Phil McNulty of BBC Sports thought Trent Alexander-Arnold’s dust with Granit Xhaka transformed the game:
‘Liverpool had produced a tasteless performance and were dominated until Xhaka recklessly chose to tangle with Alexander-Arnold, with the incident injecting Jurgen Klopp’s side with the energy and inspiration they lacked – and crucially putting the Anfield crowd on the line.
“Salah’s goal was the perfect invitation to mount a second-half seat to the Kop and it was one that Liverpool accepted as they finally showed some of their true form.
“Arsenal were blocked and it took an exceptional display of goalkeeping from Ramsdale to prevent a resurgent Liverpool from completing the perfect comeback.”
This is Anfield James Nalton was captivated by the amount of entertainment presented:
“The temperature may have dropped thanks to a swirling cold wind inside Anfield, but the temperature on the pitch has risen following numerous clashes.
“A meeting between Alexander-Arnold and Granit Xhaka really lit up the touch paper and lifted the mood at Anfield. It seemed to shake the Arsenal players.
“Gabriel Jesus regularly found himself on the ground while Ibrahima Konaté made his presence felt.
“There was a lot of spirit, interrupting play, but overall that extra spice seemed to work in Liverpool’s favour.
“Perhaps the most bizarre moment was Andy Robertson who was cautioned at half-time for protesting to the referee after being nudged by the linesman!”
Liverpool’s response was hailed by others…
On Twitter, David Lynch hailed Liverpool’s response after such a bad start:
I thought it was a brilliant and fiery comeback against an Arsenal side who fully deserve to be where they are this season. It’s proof that the gap isn’t that big and that, with signings helping them show intensity more regularly, Liverpool can be back up there.
—David Lynch (@dmlynch) April 9, 2023
THE MirrorIt is Felix Keith felt that Firmino’s introduction was the key to changing the outcome:
“Firmino came off the bench and rolled back the years for Liverpool. He was involved in the move which ended with him heading the ball into the net, building from depth before Alexander-Arnold created it.
“The Brazilian is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after eight years and it was a fitting time for the long-serving striker.
“It dashed Arsenal’s title hopes and gave Manchester City a glimmer of hope, with six points instead of eight, the gap to the top.”
And the Daily MailIt is Ian Ladyman said it was a rare sign of a fight that hasn’t been seen enough lately:
“For 79 minutes Arsenal stretched their elbows at Anfield. That’s how long they led this game. That was how long their lead at the top of the Premier League seemed to remain at eight points.
“But Liverpool finally got them. And now Manchester City, in time, could have them too.
“Overpowered and directionless for most of the first half which saw Arsenal open a 2-0 lead through Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus, Liverpool found one of those adrenaline rushes that are not quite a thing of the past at Anfield.
“On the back, they came back in this quite extraordinary game. Mo Salah scored for Jurgen Klopp’s side as the interval approached and from then on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were swimming desperately against an increasingly strong red tide.
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