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Klopp rues ‘soft’ penalty as Liverpool lose 3-2 away at Arsenal

Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table after they secured an excellent 3-2 home win over Liverpool today.

The atmosphere around the Emirates was electric at kick-off and the Gunners faithful went into raptures when their side took the lead after just 58 seconds. A flowing team move ended with a perfectly weighted slide rule pass from Martin Odeegard rolling into the path of Gabriel Martinelli, with the young Brazilian expertly guiding a low finish past Alisson and into the bottom corner.

Liverpool looked shellshocked after Arsenal’s rapid start, but they eventually began to work their way back into the game and just after the half-hour mark Jurgen Kopp’s side deservedly drew level. Arsenal defender Gabriel misjudged a long ball forward which allowed Luis Dias to get in behind and square a ball across goal to summer signing Darwin Nunez, who duly fired home with a sliding finish.

With both sides committed to pressing high and attacking with numbers it made for a hugely entertaining game, and in the fifth minute of injury time, a counter attack from Arsenal ended with Mikel Arteta’s side scoring their second. Gabriel Martinelli this time turned provider, squaring for England international Bukayo Saka to stretch and poke home at the back post.

Much as in the opening period Arsenal started the second half in a dominant mood and looked primed to extend their lead further. However, against the run of play, Liverpool drew level, substitute Roberto Firmino latching onto a Diogo Jota through ball and finishing coolly with an inch-perfect left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

Despite Liverpool hitting an equaliser Arsenal would continue to look the better side and it was no surprise when the Gunners retook the lead on 75 minutes. The lively Gabriel Jesus was fouled in the area by Thiago and Saka stepped forward to fire a confident penalty past Alisson.

Liverpool pushed on looking for an equaliser, but Arsenal held on for what, after an impressive second half display was a deserved victory.

Speaking afterwards was reasonably pleased with his sides display, but was far from happy with the matchwinning penalty referee Michael Oliver awarded to Arsenal.

“We created, we were really dangerous, we scored our goal, wonderful goal,” Klopp told BBC Sport. ”Then concede last second of the first half. Obviously we made a mistake, counter attack is the goal. That is our situation, getting to half time knowing we were good in the game but ignoring the result.

“We wanted to carry on the good stuff but unfortunately we didn’t do that. We equalised, it was a really open game then. The situation around the penalty of course we should have cleared it. Now I saw it and I think you can imagine I don’t think it is a clear penalty, it is a very soft one. I think it is a situation where the referee have another look at it in real time.

“Couple of things went against us but we are not blind, we see we could have done better in moments. In general it was a good away game against a good side. We caused them a lot of problems but stand here with no points.”

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