Arsenal run away in the table
Thiago’s foul plunges Klopp’s Liverpool deep into crisis
10/09/2022 7:34 PM
Liverpool FC is losing ground to the top positions in the Premier League. In the top match against Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp’s side are on an equal footing, but a bitter foul by Thiago makes the decision in favor of the “Gunners”.
Jürgen Klopp has suffered another setback in the Premier League with his Liverpool FC. The struggling runners-up lost 2:3 (1:2) to strong league leaders FC Arsenal and is already six points behind the Champions League ranking in tenth place. In fact, the Gunners at the top are 14 points away.
Goals from Darwin Nunez (34′) and Roberto Firmino (53′) were not enough for Klopp’s team. Gabriel Martinelli (1st) and Bukayo Saka (45th + 5th, 76th / penalty kick) shot Arsenal to their eighth win in nine games (!). Liverpool can only dream of such a record: The Reds have only two successes to their name. This Sunday we also face champions Manchester City with Torgarant Erling Haaland.
After falling behind early on when Martinelli seized the first chance, Liverpool reacted strongly: new signing Nunez, who has been unlucky so far, converted a cross from Luis Diaz into 1-1. But moments later, the Reds were trailing again. After a counterattack, England international Saka was allowed to finish detached. Arsenal remained the most dangerous team and pushed for the third goal. Martin Ödegaard (50th) missed a good chance – but Firmino scored on the other side halfway through this phase to make it 2-2. Klopp’s team had no answer to Saka’s second goal, who converted a penalty with nerves of steel after a foul by Thiago.
Guardiola jokes: ‘I’m so disappointed in him’
The Citizens with Haaland, on the other hand, are still in top form: the storm phenomenon contributed to a goal on Saturday in the clear 4-0 (2-0) win over FC Southampton. In the ninth league game there are already 15 goals. The exceptional striker has scored 20 goals in all competitions. “I’m so disappointed in him, he didn’t score three goals,” City team manager Pep Guardiola joked, before seriously adding: “The expectations of him are so high that everyone thinks he’s scoring three or four goals in every game.” Against Southampton he was “back and scored. He helped us again”.
Joao Cancelo (20th) made it 1-0 before the Citizens, Phil Foden (32nd) and Riyad Mahrez (49th) took the lead. Then Haaland struck (65th). City are second with 23 points. It was Guardiola’s third win in a row in the Premier League. National player Ilkay Gündogan was not part of the starting line-up and was not substituted.
Chelsea FC had a bit more trouble in the 3-0 (1-0) win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. National player Kai Havertz (45+3) saved the Blues after a difficult start with his goal to make it 1-0. Ex-Dortmunder Christian Pulisic (54th) and Armando Broja (90th) provided Chelsea’s other goals.