Old habits die hard for Liverpool as defensive gremlins resurface at Arsenal

Old habits die hard for Liverpool as defensive gremlins resurface at Arsenal”

Such were the depths of Arsenal's defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium.

But this game will be talked about for years as five goals were scored in a manic second half.

Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil struck in quick succession to place Arsenal ahead but - on a night of flapping goalkeepers - there was to be one last twist as Firmino equalised. Instead, a minute later, they removed the good-defending mask they've been wearing - only conceding two penalties in their last 6 games - to morph back into Individual Errors FC.

An epic second half initially saw a rampant Liverpool double their advantage shortly after the restart, Salah's shot deflecting in after Firmino led a superb counter-attack.

Roberto Firmino's goal in the 71st minute turned out to be the last of the game in a insane contest, which highlighted both teams defensive frailties.

"We've got to see the game out", the vice-captain said on Sky Sports afterwards. We have got to become more boring. "We need to sense when it's time to keep the ball more, to tighten things up".

Liverpool have drawn 8 of their 19 Premier League games this season, only one less than the 9 wins.

The big surprises in Nicholas' team were the choices of Joe Gomez at right-back, Dejan Lovren in central defence and Jack Wilshere in central midfield.

Mohamed Salah: The former Chelsea winger has ran Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland Niles ragged in the first half who is not getting much help from his more experienced teammates. "We played too deep".

That Klopp's charges presented Arsenal with that possibility was unacceptable.

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