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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Reality Check For Liverpool

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal yesterday was a real reality check for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Liverpool lost out to Arsenal who performed strongly from start to finish scoring two brilliant goals courtesy of Cazorla and Ramsey, the game was dominated by Arsenal, and Liverpool did not look like a team on the same level as the league leaders.

Liverpool started strongly but Cazorla’s goal put Arsenal on the front foot and they never looked back from there, Liverpool had chances and will feel hard done by their goal from a quick free-kick was brought back to be retaken.

The second half started much like the first with Liverpool attacking but a superb Ramsey goal killed Liverpool off and Arsenal controlled the game until the final whistle, Suarez and Sturridge will be disappointed they couldn’t continue their recent goal-scoring form.

Liverpool went into the game on the back of claims they can challenge for the title but yesterdays performance would not back up that claim, Arsenal looked a far better team and worthy of their place at the top of the league.

Top 4 seems to be the only realistic aim for Liverpool looking at their performance yesterday, the defence, despite being reinforced during the summer, still looks dodgy and not good enough to challenge for Premier League.

A defensive midfielder may also be needed to give competition to an off-form Lucas,  although losing to Arsenal is nothing to be ashamed of the performance was alarming and problems need to be addressed if Liverpool are going to compete with the top teams.

Arsenal on the other hand were very impressive and deservedly have a five point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.