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Could not get away, Arsenal fined and Martinelli begins to shine

By Charles Cornwall

Could not get away, Arsenal fined and Martinelli begins to shine

Liverpool have a lot to reflect on after losing to Arsenal, including the Gunners' tactics.

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The fallout has continued from Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. In fairness, a match of such magnitude was always going to dominate the football debate in the days which followed. It’s a painful topic for Kopites, though, as their team performed so poorly in such a vital game.

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While Jürgen Klopp will appreciate having time for his players to recover and prepare for the visit of Burnley to Anfield on Saturday, part of him would likely have welcomed a midweek fixture. The easiest way to put a bad result behind the team is to play again and win, after all.

The Reds can get their Premier League title charge firmly back on track with three points against the Clarets. With Manchester City likely to beat Everton in the first game on Saturday, Liverpool probably won’t even be top of the table when it next kicks off.

Anthony Taylor is a referee who has a tendency to lose control of games at times. While not the Premier League ref who averages the most cards per game, he hands out at least six in matches more frequently than any of his peers. When he goes, he goes large. The Wythenshawe whistler was certainly busy when Arsenal beat Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium last weekend. As well as showing two yellow cards to Ibrahima Konaté, Taylor issued another eight bookings. Ask Reds fans and they’ll tell you he should’ve dished out a few more to the home side too.

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Martinelli aims Alexander-Arnold dig after Arsenal spotted Liverpool 'weakness'

History is written by the victors, as the saying goes, and Arsenal have been proving the point since defeating the Reds. Gabriel Martinelli spoke after the match about how he and his teammates had targeted Trent Alexander-Arnold. "We knew that was the area of the pitch that we could get something from,” he said. “Me personally I always do well against Liverpool." As the Liverpool right-back was only dribbled past twice and neither occasion led to a shot for Arsenal, it’s fair to ask how much difference their tactic made. Or could it be simply the continuation of a long-standing narrative, per chance? With more on this story, here’s Shane Ireland.

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