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Arsenal vs Liverpool player ratings out of 10

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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.

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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.

Subs

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.

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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.

Subs

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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