Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool: Reds reinvigorate top-four hopes with win against Mikel Arteta's men
Emirates Stadium, Premier League - Arsenal 0 Liverpool 3 (Jota 64', 82', Salah 68')
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, James Milner, Thiago Alcantara and teammates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Lond
Diogo Jota scored twice as Liverpool moved to within two points of the top four with a convincing 3-0 win at Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated for long spells but had to be patient before taking full advantage of Chelsea’s shock defeat at home to West Brom.
The visitors controlled the first half but struggled to carve out clear-cut chances. James Milner dragged their best attempt wide while Arsenal didn’t do enough on the counter attack to test Alisson at the opposite end.
However, the Merseysiders’ pressure eventually paid off just after the hour as Jota headed home Trent Alexander Arnold’s sublime cross within three minutes of coming off the bench.
Liverpool then doubled their advantage four minutes later when Mohamed Salah raced in from the right to net his 26th goal of the season.
Jota added a third with a thumping finish eight minutes from time as the away side rubbed salt in Mikel Arteta’s men’s wounds.
The victory sees Liverpool climb up to fifth and puts them firmly back in contention for the Champions League places with eight games to play. Arsenal are seven points further back in ninth.
Next up, Liverpool face the small matter of the first leg of their Champions League quarter final with Real Madrid on Tuesday. Arsenal meet Slavia Prague in the Europa League last eight on Thursday.
Diogo Jota (FC Liverpool) bejubelt seinen Treffer gegen den FC Arsenal
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Liverpool reignite realistic hope in the race for the Champions League spots. This could be a huge win for Liverpool. The top four was looking like a lost cause a few weeks ago, but they have found a bit of form throughout the team at a key point in the season. The centre back partnership of Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak was again pretty solid while Fabinho continues to excel back in the midfield. The return of Jota has added goals and urgency to the attack and there seems to be a renewed belief flowing through the players. Alexander Arnold offered a fantastic response to his omission from the England squad and gave a nudge to Gareth Southgate that he could still be a significant part of his Euro 2021 squad with a wonderful assist for the opener.
On the day the defence of their title was ruled as mathematically over, the Merseysiders showed that they still have a lot to play for this season and have a run of fixtures in April that could see them continue to improve if they can maintain this sort of form consistently.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Fabinho (Liverpool). Another majestic display from the Brazilian. Bossed the midfield and has developed a very promising relationship with Thiago. Capped his performance with a lovely assist for Salah's goal.