After conceding an early goal to Premier League table toppers Arsenal, Liverpool settled in and began to take control of the match. Mohamed Salah’s 29th minute goal leveled the score, and the Reds looked poised to break through for the win. It wasn’t to be, however, thanks to a bobble of the ball as Trent Alexander-Arnold crashed a shot off of the crossbar in a 5v1.
After the match, Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk rued the missed chances in an opportunity to go top of the table over the Christmas holiday.
“Disappointed but it was a big fight, a great game to be involved in. Arsenal is a very good team, of course, but I think we had opportunities to win the game and unfortunately we didn’t. It was intense for both sides I think and we move on. One more point than we started with, so that’s obviously a positive.”
When asked if he thought Liverpool had the better of the opportunities to win the match, van Dijk thought his side probably did in an intense match up.
“I think it’s difficult to analyze it at this point. But yeah, obviously the one where we hit the crossbar stands in my mind, so maybe. But anyway I think it was always going to be a very intense game and it showed.”
While the match involved the top two sides in the table currently, van Dijk felt it was too early to determine if both sides would be in the title race at the end of the season. For now, van Dijk says both sides are just working on being consistent.
“They’re hoping for consistency as well and I think they’ve been doing it quite well since last year. We are doing it quite well this year and hopefully we can keep that going and let’s see where we’re at in February, March – that period – and then we can really push on hopefully.”