Arsenal Ditekuk Liverpool 3-1, Jurgen Klop Luar Biasa `Happy`

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Firmino, Mane and Wijnaldum return Klopp`s Side to Winning Ways

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi


Arsenal Ditekuk Liverpool 3-1, Jurgen Klop Luar Biasa `Happy`Foto: MailOnline

INILAH akibatnya bagi sebuah klub setelah tidak menurunkan pemain terbaik dan pencetak gol terbanyak, yang satu kontraknya lawas dalam 16 bulan dan klub terbesar di Eropa tengah mendekati sang bintang, itulah dilema yang dialami pelatih Arsene Wenger yang tercatat 20 tahun bercokol di Arsenal.

Keputusan Arsene Wenger untuk bertanding tanpa Alexis Sanchez tergolong nekat bahkan sebelum kick-off. Sepuluh menit setelah pertandingan berlangsung barulah terlihat akibat keputusan tersebut.

Arsenal tampil tidak setajam biasanya dan pertahanan mereka juga lemah sehingga terlihat jelas tanda-tanda kekalahan dari lawannya. Tanpa Mesut Ozil, yang masa depannya bersama Arsenal masih belum jelas.

Dan ketika Sanchez masuk ke lapangan hijau pada babak kedua terlihat dampaknya pada kemampuan Arsenal yang meningkat drastis. Hal itu tidak saja membuat mangkel Sanchez, yang tampak melongo tertahan di bangku cadangan, namun juga merusak kemampuan tim dan upaya Arsenal masuk peringkat empat klasemen Liga Premier Inggris (ELP).

Pelatih Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, terlihat bergembira usai menekuk Arsenal dengan skor 3-1 di Stadion Anfield, pada Minggu dini hari WIB.

Kemanangan di laga Minggu dini hari berkat gol dari Roberto Firmino pada menit sembilan, menit 40 gol dari Sadio Mane dan Georginio Wijnaldum menambah jadi tiga gol bagi Liverpool di menit 90 yang bikin senang bos The Reds seperti dilansir MailOnline.

IF YOU leave out your best player and top scorer, the one whose contract runs out in 16 months and who has the biggest clubs in Europe wooing him, then generally you have to be right; even if you do have 20 years of credit on which to fall back.

Arsene Wenger’s decision to start without Alexis Sanchez looked bizarre even before kick-off. Ten minutes into this game it looked utterly incomprehensible.

Arsenal were as lame and lax as they can be at their worst and they have recently tested the low-water mark of those kind of performances. Without Mesut Ozil as well, as a potential vision of a future Arsenal it was decidedly disconcerting.

And once Sanchez did come on at half-time and Arsenal improved immeasurably, Wenger’s selection just looked ever-more perplexing. Not only will it have angered Sanchez, who looked like a schoolboy in detention on the bench, but it damaged the team and the fight for the top four, perhaps decisively.

For Liverpool’s win took them back into the Champions League positions and above Arsenal. Wenger has been in worse positions and recovered and has a game in hand.

But still, you fear for the reception this team might receive if they repeat this first-half performance against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. That might be enough to convince Wenger his time is up.