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Arteta wants to be like Klopp but will never achieve it for this reason

By Charles Cornwall

Arteta wants to be like Klopp but will never achieve it for this reason

Arsenal manager dreams of being like our German but will never achieve it

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The closing of the match gave an image that everyone is talking about in England and it was Mikel Arteta's imitation of Jürgen Klopp's celebration. But the reality is that the Spaniard has a long way to go before he can be like our German, and trophies throughout his career, something that for now looks difficult to achieve. Already, Arsenal are stalking Liverpool in the race for the Premier League. In a cold and error-strewn game, the Gunners made the most of a mess between Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker to take all three points in London (3-1) and remain just one step behind the Reds (3-1) at the top.

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Mikel Arteta's side inflicted Liverpool's first domestic defeat since losing to Tottenham Hotspur with Luis Diaz's famous goal disallowed for offside. It was a lacklustre, dominating win that relied on a second-half mistake between Van Dijk and Alisson that left Martinelli empty-handed to seal the three points.

Even without the injured Mohamed Salah, Jürgen Klopp's side played an overly passive game, as if knowing they were inferior and far removed from those who won 2-0 at the same venue less than a month ago in the FA Cup. Arteta's side's dominance turned into a goal very early, on 14 minutes, when Zinchenko broke inside, found Martin Odegaard in the 10's position and the Norwegian dismantled Liverpool's defensive line with a first-time touch that left Kai Havertz alone.

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The German, familiar with the blunder, missed the one-on-one with Alisson, but the rebound fell to Saka to slot home. It was a well-deserved goal, and one that set the first half at rest. Liverpool stay top with 51 points but reduce their lead to two points over Arsenal (49), while Manchester City, if they win their two games in hand, will climb to the top of the Premier League.

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