Had Liverpool beaten Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, they would have gone top of the Premier League table.
Instead, they were left to curse a number of questionable officiating decisions, including the incorrect disallowing of a Luis Diaz goal for offside, as, having also been issued two red cards, the nine-man Reds’ 19-game unbeaten run, dating back to the start of April, came to an unsavoury end.
Jurgen Klopp’s side kick-started such a run with an uninspiring 0-0 draw away at Chelsea, as a much-changed side was named following a heavy 4-1 defeat away at Man City. But in the most disappointing of campaigns, it was Liverpool’s next outing against Arsenal that truly initiated their recovery.
Trailing 2-0 at Anfield after just 28 minutes, a first half altercation between Granit Xhaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold riled the home crowd into life as the Reds, battered and bruised from months of on-pitch turmoil, suddenly rediscovered their inner fighting spirit.
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The Switzerland international barged into the back of Alexander-Arnold with his arm high in front of the Kop, after the defender had already passed the ball back to Alisson Becker. The Liverpool man then retaliated by pushing Xhaka in the back before the two squared up as the previously-despondent crowd started to jeer.
Now spurred on by the electric home support, Mohamed Salah would halve the deficit shortly before the break, before Alexander-Arnold, who had been reinvented as an inverted full-back for the first time, set up Roberto Firmino’s late equaliser in the dying embers of the match.
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