It came to prop up one of the best tridents in Europe in the last five years and now it is essential. Diogo Jota, the substitute, the least brilliant of a forward red dominated with an iron glove by Salah, Firmino and Mané, has become the ace up the sleeve of Jürgen Klopp to try to unbalance the tie against Real Madrid The next Tuesday. Two goals from him, and one from Mohammed Salah, who has broken Thierry Henry’s mark of 92 goals in his first 150 Premier matches, served to defeat an Arsenal that endured the downpour during the first hour of play, but that he was powerless against a Liverpool that has a pulse again.
The worst version of the gunners it coincided, in fact, with the worst version of Odegaard in recent times. The Norwegian failed to prevail in the duel against Fabinho, which suffocated all their game, and Arteta’s noticed it. Even so, until about game time, When Diogo Jota jumped onto the pitch, the Londoners held on, but the Portuguese came in and the game changed, as it only took him 3 minutes to score the first goal.
Open the can, Arsenal, which cannot allow itself to lose more points if it wants to have some remote option of entering Europe through the Premier route, left spaces, and there Liverpool was lethal. Salah’s band, previously injured by Tierney, was a sneak, and the Egyptian, who scored a good goal, also intervened in Jota’s sentence on the verge of the end. With those of today, the former Wolves already has 15 goals in 22 games with the reds this season, some fancy numbers for a player who is a substitute and that it has been fundamental for the team to place itself 2 points behind Chelsea’s fourth place.
Cedric Soares (45′, Kieran Tierney), Mohamed Elneny (57 ‘, Dani Ceballos), Diogo Jota (60′, A. Robertson), Martinelli (76 ‘, Aubameyang), Wijnaldum (77 ‘, Roberto Firmino), Rhys Williams (83 ‘, Ozan Kabak)
0-1, 63′: Diogo Jota, 0-2, 67′: Wrong, 0-3, 81′: Diogo Jota
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Referee VAR: Jonathan Moss
Diogo Jota (72 ‘, Yellow) Gabriel (90 ‘, Yellow