Reactions to Liverpool and Arsenal summit | Arteta believes the decision was justified
LEAGUE PLUS – Liverpool drew with Arsenal on two goals apiece in the English Premier League’s 30th round at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Arsenal scored first through Gabriel Martinelli in the 8th minute and Gabriel Jesus in the 28th minute before Mohamed Salah scored in the 42nd minute and Roberto Firmino in the 87th minute for Liverpool. 54th minute.
Arsenal’s lead rose to 73 points, six points behind Manchester City, holders of the postponed match, while Liverpool’s level in eighth place reached 44 points, 12 points adrift of the nearest Champions League qualification spots.
And Liverpool’s coach, German Jurgen Klopp, expressed his surprise at the team’s failure to secure victory, especially after creating so many chances during the second half.
Klopp said, “We struggled in the first half, but in the second half we were good. I don’t know how we didn’t win after so many chances in the second half. If Ibrahim Konad had played with him in the last game. Head instead of his head, we would have won.”
The German coach added: “I’m torn between being happy that we came back from two goals down and being upset that we couldn’t win.”
On whether he would prevent Mohamed Salah from taking penalty kicks in future after missing two kicks against Bournemouth and Arsenal, Klopp said: “Of course I will discuss the matter with Salah, but not in front of the cameras.”
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 9, 2023
On the other hand, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta believes that a tie was a fair result of his team’s match against Liverpool.
Arteta said: “The draw was a fair result but losing our lead by two goals was bad. The match was great for the fans. We played a good first half but lost control of the match in the second half.”
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 9, 2023
The match was not without controversy, as the referees’ committee released a statement that it was aware that Liverpool player Andy Robertson had been photographed pushing the assistant referee with his elbow, and indicated that the committee would investigate it.
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