Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool

Diogo Jota continues to impress since his recent return from injury, after scoring twice from the substitutes bench as Liverpool produced an impressive performance to beat Arsenal on Saturday evening.

After a goalless first half, the visitors finally turned their dominance into a deserved lead when Jota headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross on 64 minutes. Mohamed Salah then added a second before Jota put the seal on the three points with an emphatic finish from close range to continue his recent excellent form in front of goal.

“It doesn’t matter if you start in the starting XI or on the bench, you need to be ready to make an impact,” the former Porto man said. “That’s what I did today and that’s what I want to do always.

“[It was] very important. I said after the last game, to think about higher spots in the table we need to do our job [which] is to win every single game until the end. I think if we do our job we have a high chance to be there because it is very hard to win in the Premier League. Today we did our job, let’s go to the next one.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked about the Portugal man’s impact from the bench. “In finishing, yes, you can say that,” said the German. “But I'm not sure if there could have been another player in the position as well, but I don't want to take anything away from Diogo because he's in a really good moment.

“We had to make decisions. Look, Diogo played a little bit too much for Portugal for my taste – not criticism of Portugal, just he was long injured, we played him immediately because Bobby was injured and he played too much for us already. Then he went to Portugal and the last two games were really intense, so he felt it a little bit.”

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

 

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What a fantastic run of form Jota’s been on. Another headed goal as well! Super impressive from a smaller player and again showing his unbelievable instinct in getting the ball into the back of the net. 40mill surely seems like a bargain now!

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What a fantastic run of form Jota’s been on. Another headed goal as well! Super impressive from a smaller player and again showing his unbelievable instinct in getting the ball into the back of the net. 40mill surely seems like a bargain now!

I wouldn’t say Portugal OVERPLAYED him, it’s just unfortunate given the circumstances that have some players/teams are playing every 3 days. Pep also rested Cancelo and Bernardo (Gundogan too) for the Leicester game, which wasn’t surprising, given the fact that Bernardo especially played huge roles in all 3 games and was running non-stop as per usual.

Anybody watch the Lille x PSG game? What a game from Tiago Djalo. It took him a few minutes to get into the game and learn how to handle Mbappe and Neymar, but he did such a fantastic job. He was playing as a full-back but often was shifted to a CB in a back three, depending on the situation of the play. Fonte was also outstanding. This is certainly not the Fonte we’ve seen on the Seleçao in the past few games, but such a commanding presence today. Renato also had a great game, playing some real important balls and winning some huge challenges in dangerous spots. He’s so efficient at shuttling the ball from the defence up to the wingers/attackers. Please, please, please stay fit for the Euros. This Lille win was massive especially being an away game (even though home+away might not carry as much importance as they did pre-covid) and put them 3 points clear with 7 games to go!

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I watched the Lille-PSG game and yes Djalo was awesome. I thought Renato was especially good, watching him one hand push players off the ball was brilliant, he is so strong, he was tossing players. I still dont understand why ref gave Djalo the...

I watched the Lille-PSG game and yes Djalo was awesome. I thought Renato was especially good, watching him one hand push players off the ball was brilliant, he is so strong, he was tossing players. I still dont understand why ref gave Djalo the 2nd yellow. Refs are such cowards when it comes to money clubs, they refuse or are afraid to call it straight.

Teresa did you see the Neymar dive and cry when Renato shut him down. He tried to cut on the inside towards goal in the box and Renato just cut off his avenue of escape. The replay showed no push or even a touch but Neymar went down and rolled 4 times trying to get a call. Renato didnt even react, just smiled and walked away.
Then Neymar puts his hand in an opponents face (Reinlildo) then proceeds to slide tackle Djalo from behind. Guy is such a clown, an immensely talented one but still a clown.

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Agreed! I hope to god Renato can stay fit, the guy is an absolute workhorse. I don’t understand the 2nd yellow for Djaló either, if anything he might have given it for picking up the ball/timewasting but I think it was far too harsh.

Neymar is...

Agreed! I hope to god Renato can stay fit, the guy is an absolute workhorse. I don’t understand the 2nd yellow for Djaló either, if anything he might have given it for picking up the ball/timewasting but I think it was far too harsh.

Neymar is and always was an absolute baby. He’s a skilled dribbler and great player, but lately his antics have overshadowed his actual talent and actions on the ball. That play was fantastic, Renato is looking much more mature this season.

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I usually don’t like to be the guy that says I told you so but here we go. I could probably go back to over two years when I said Jota is an automatic starter over Joao Felix and at the time I got some backlash but now we’re all seeing why. Jota...

I usually don’t like to be the guy that says I told you so but here we go. I could probably go back to over two years when I said Jota is an automatic starter over Joao Felix and at the time I got some backlash but now we’re all seeing why. Jota playing for wolves and scoring goals consistently in the most competitive league in the world speaks volumes. I’ll say it right now like I’ve said before, Joao Felix really isn’t that great for us and in general I think he lives in his head to much. He already thinks he’s Neymar or whoever fill in the blank world famous star out there. You can tell by the way he doesn’t run after 50/50 challenges and he plays like a pussy(excuse my language).

Our front 3 should 100% be Jota Ronaldo and Neto. The problem is Santos has to figure out how to get Bernardo and Bruno in the team too while balancing the defense and offense. This is where the man managing comes into play, I know Chris hates pep guardiola but the reason why he’s a world class coach is because he literally has a plan for every single player out there. Not one player guys out there and plays as apart of a group, he has a clear role individually that benefits the team on that particular day against that particular opponent. I’m assuming that Santos looks at his back 4 or 3 midfielders and during training he has them working as groups. Santos needs to instruct each and every player and give them direct orders, this is what the newer/younger managers are doing inspired by pep and klopp.

Long story short we need our front wide players to be fast, dynamic and full of movement(Jota,Neto) surrounding Ronaldo. It’s yo yo Santos to figure out how to utilize Bernardo and Bruno in midfield and instruct them individually on exactly what to do, same thing goes for everyone else on the team like Cancelo etc.

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LOL on your "Chris hates Pep" comment.

Dude, I have been trying to get Chris to see the brilliance of my boy Marcelo but he doesnt like him either. I know Marcelo sucks defensively but I love the style of play! As a fan of the sport Marcelo is...

LOL on your "Chris hates Pep" comment.

Dude, I have been trying to get Chris to see the brilliance of my boy Marcelo but he doesnt like him either. I know Marcelo sucks defensively but I love the style of play! As a fan of the sport Marcelo is amazing to watch. Although he is getting older he pulled off this blind-spin cross to Benzema over the weekend, it was sick!

His dislike of Marcelo PALES however towards his hatred of Pepsi Fraudiola. Not the nickname I call Pep but I found it funny nonetheless.

I dont "like" Pep but guy is a winner, outright winner who is able to maximize his players talents to win. He never forces his players to play in a style they simple cant (cough-Mourinho-cough). Anyhow, a conversation for another day. :)

Come on Chris, Marcelo is the shit!! lol

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"Marcelo is shit"

There, fixed it for you. And Pep Fraudiola is the Jorge Jesus of England.

Overrated windbag who needs 10x the money to accomplish the same things as Mancini and Pellegrini did at Man City.

Man managing? Tactics? The only...

"Marcelo is shit"

There, fixed it for you. And Pep Fraudiola is the Jorge Jesus of England.

Overrated windbag who needs 10x the money to accomplish the same things as Mancini and Pellegrini did at Man City.

Man managing? Tactics? The only thing he's good at is slithering his way into the richest clubs in the world, doing mediocre work while spending billions and somehow being lauded for being mediocre.

Btw, I can appreciate Marcelo's skill in attack, but I wouldn't ask him to guard my lunch money, much less an attacker on the opposite team.

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Btw Justin, don't play the "I told you so card" on my turf. I've been singing the praises of Jota since he spent that one season at Porto.

You could see what a talent he was. And of course my club let him go without so much as a whimper....

Btw Justin, don't play the "I told you so card" on my turf. I've been singing the praises of Jota since he spent that one season at Porto.

You could see what a talent he was. And of course my club let him go without so much as a whimper. Granted, he was on loan, but Porto could have tried to pick him up.

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Also, as much as I love Ronaldo and have constantly followed his career(my parents are from Madeira and we’re around the same age). As crazy as it is to say it, I think we will be better without him going forward because we’ll have room for all...

Also, as much as I love Ronaldo and have constantly followed his career(my parents are from Madeira and we’re around the same age). As crazy as it is to say it, I think we will be better without him going forward because we’ll have room for all of these guys to play. Honestly in my opinion a front 3 of Jota, Neto and Leao/trincao causes more problems than our front 3 today of Jota Ronaldo Bernardo. With Santos sticking Bernardo in that right wing spot that nullifies the speed and dynamic players we have that should play there.

If you look at almost every great club team in Europe you’ll see that the two front wide players are fast and have the ability to take fullbacks on 1 vs 1 if they want and they make runs in behind the center backs. Bernardo isn’t that guy and that’s fine but if we’re going to score goals and create problems against great organized defenses, we’re going to need to get behind them because there’s no defense for speed. Fullbacks/center backs hate fast wingers that can dribble because more often than not they have to foul them. Assuming Ronaldo retires after the World Cup, euro 2024 will be our best team and we’ll be legitimate favorites in World Cup 2026. I’m not giving up on this euro or this next World Cup, I’m just saying I think the best is yet to come especially seeing our U-21s playing so well.

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I agree with of the comments, but is everyone forgetting the number 2 guy in Germany ( Andre Silva) ? going back to some of Justin comments, Ronaldo is a good sub at this point . We have to much talent up front to keep Ronaldo in for 90...

I agree with of the comments, but is everyone forgetting the number 2 guy in Germany ( Andre Silva) ? going back to some of Justin comments, Ronaldo is a good sub at this point . We have to much talent up front to keep Ronaldo in for 90 minutes. my top 3 up front would be Jota, Andre Silva sub Neto, Ronaldo Trincao . Bernardo , Bruno , Danilo and Neves middle and back Dias of course , Concelo, cedric and diogo Leite.

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silva scores tapins mate hes not a great player , id pick paulinho if i had to pic a number 9 for the nation...

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ROFL! Thanks for the laughs.

Here is the vide of his "tap ins". I especially liked tap in #9, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19 and 21.

But hey who am I to argue with Paulinhos 1 goal in the Portuguese league vs Andre Silvas 21 goals in the Bundesliga, I am...

ROFL! Thanks for the laughs.

Here is the vide of his "tap ins". I especially liked tap in #9, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19 and 21.

But hey who am I to argue with Paulinhos 1 goal in the Portuguese league vs Andre Silvas 21 goals in the Bundesliga, I am sure they equal out.

Rooster, thats just how it is here, I dont get it nor will I ever, the same treatment was given to Eder and well we all know how that worked out...

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Sorry here you go.

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After all, Ronaldo has done for us, and still does? I'm shocked by the lack of respect. In my book, Ronaldo has done more for Portugal than anybody else in the past 50 years. He should start for as long as he wants.

And btw, he is still the...

After all, Ronaldo has done for us, and still does? I'm shocked by the lack of respect. In my book, Ronaldo has done more for Portugal than anybody else in the past 50 years. He should start for as long as he wants.

And btw, he is still the only consistent player on the team.

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