Despite taking the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, a hattrick from Roberto Firmino, and further goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane condemned Arsenal to a 5-1 defeat.
It was the second time in four years that the Gunners would lose by a 5-1 scoreline at Anfield, and former Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno feels his side were unlucky to lose so heavily.
“We conceded too many unlucky goals,” claimed Leno, “I think the first goal was so unlucky because there was no danger. Some seconds later, the ball was in our goal. In the first half, we made too many mistakes and Liverpool are a team who can score with every chance. It was an unlucky day for us today.”
Despite the feeling that his side were unfortunate, Leno did admit that Arsenal were too sloppy defensively, and were made to pay for their lapses in concentration,
Too many mistakes
“It’s a tough day for us today. We started off quite well but then we conceded two easy goals. Maybe some of the goals were unlucky. I don’t know whether one of the penalties was a foul, but I’m not sure. There were too many easy mistakes.”
The defeat to Liverpool has left Arsenal five points off a top-four place, with a significantly weaker goal difference due to the nature of the loss. Leno believes The Gunners must bounce back as quickly as possible to remain in the hunt for champions league football,
“Of course today we’re disappointed, but tomorrow we have to look forward because we have another important game on Tuesday.” Remarked the 26-year-old, “It’s the first game of the year and on Tuesday we want to beat Fulham at home. We need to win.
"It’s good that we’ve got a game so soon because today we are very disappointed. Football can change quickly and we hope that we can win again on Tuesday.”