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Arsenal vs Liverpool player ratings out of 10

Bukayo Saka's late penalty put Arsenal back ahead for good as the Gunners finally conquered Liverpool and went back atop the table with a thrilling 3-2 win at the Emirates.

Sometimes a game plays to the storylines. Arsenal vs Liverpool was one of these affairs.

Liverpool was dangerous but too open at the back as Arsenal attacked Trent Alexander-Arnold and its recently-maligned right side.

Arsenal was fluid and beautiful but capable of being broken down by a dangerous, explosive side.

[ MORE: What we learned from Arsenal vs Liverpool ]

That, indeed, is what Liverpool is capable of being even on its bleaker days.

So how did the individuals perform in this scrap between would-be Premier League contenders?

Read on...

Arsenal player ratings out of 10

Aaron Ramsdale: 6 -- Two saves and nine recoveries... and a heck of a lot of it “Get it out of here” passing.

Takehiro Tomiyasu: 8 -- Spectacular play regardless of who was on his side. Effective going forward and especially strong against Mohamed Salah. Almost worthy of “in his pocket” banter.

Arsenal vs Liverpool player ratings

Gabriel Magalhaes: 5.5 -- Some woozy work from a man whose gone from the man to the second-best CB in the team.

William Saliba: 6.5 -- Solid and improving in comfort every week. Not great on second Liverpool equalizer.

Ben White: 7 -- He’s a center back playing right back but you’d hardly know it.

Granit Xhaka: 7 -- Not a great day of playing football but boy did he play the game well. Jordan Henderson forgot about almost anything but the Swiss midfielder.

Thomas Partey: 6.5 -- Solid but should he have been sent off for raking his cleat against the back of a prone Luis Diaz?

Gabriel Martinelli: 8 -- Splendid work from a player who seemingly has an unending supply of turbo.

Martin Odegaard (Off 82'): 7.5 -- What an assist to Martinelli.

Bukayo Saka: 9 -- Almost perfect. The penalty may have been actually perfect.

Gabriel Jesus (Off 90'+2): 8 -- Signing of the season in a non-Erling Haaland world.


Kieran Tierney (On 82'): 7

Eddie Nketiah (On 90'+2): N/A

Fabio Vieira (On 90'+4): N/A

Liverpool player ratings out of 10

Alisson Becker: 6.5 -- Four saves and 14 recoveries as it really could’ve been worse for Liverpool

Kostas Tsimikas: 6.5 -- An obvious downgrade from Andy Robertson going forward, he’s shown enough on the defensive side to prove Liverpool’s fullback depth... on one side.

Joel Matip (Off 69'): 5.5 -- Passed well and managed six clearances.

Virgil van Dijk: 6 -- Poor if compared to his borderline Ballon d’Or nominee self, but really just an okay day for a mortal CB.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Off HT): 3.5 -- Even Jurgen Klopp can’t justify the way the English back was cut up by Arsenal, but his halftime hook was about a twisted ankle, not poor performance.

Arsenal vs Liverpool player ratings

Jordan Henderson: 4.5 -- Okay going forward but got stuck into nothing but extra curriculars. Lost track of the comeback bid with Xhaka living in his head.

Thiago Alcantara: 5.5 -- Gave away decisive penalty to ruin what had been a “not his fault” performance.

Luis Diaz (Off 42'): 5 -- Left through injury and did pick up an assist to lift rating above poor. Committed three fouls, drew one, won 1-of-6 duels.

Diogo Jota (Off 81'): 7 -- Incisive and relentless even when put inside.

Mohamed Salah (Off 69'): 4.5 -- 27 touches? The struggling Egyptian was absolutely shut down by Arsenal

Darwin Nunez: 6.5 -- The goal was very, very nice, but just 20 touches and five offsides shows that work ethic -- or at least mindfulness -- needs to mature quite a bit.


Roberto Firmino (On 42'): 7 -- Still starting quality and he’ll get some more if Nunez doesn’t find comfort.

Joe Gomez (On HT): 6.5 -- Pretty good but, like Tsimikas, the team loses so much going forward when TAA comes out (and he had to, really).

Fabinho (On 69'): 6.5 -- Klopp lifted Thiago for the center mid but the might’ve been better served removing Henderson.

Ibrahima Konate (Off 69'): 6

Harvey Elliott (Off 81'): N/A

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