Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Anfield had to be the most disappointing game of the season. To play like we did at Bolton and get beat is deserved. To play like we did on Saturday and lose proves that football is a funny old game.
Honestly I can't remember the last time we have played so well against Arsenal. Normally they always have lots of chances against us and we seem to chase the game. However, in this match we completely dominated from start to finish. I didn't even realize Van Persie or Yossi were even playing until about the 15th minute.
Liverpool were camped out in Arsenal’s half and we are such a better side when Carroll doesn't play. Our passing is quicker, shorter and along the ground. The big man has been better recently and has shown signs of working harder for the team but I'm just not sure he will ever be a first-team regular. Kuyt and Suarez were unplayable at times with Henderson having a fantastic bounce-back game after his disappointing League Cup final performance.
Liverpool missed another penalty as Kuyt stepped up after a wonderful move with Suarez. The goalkeeper was lucky not to see yellow or red, but the ref did the right thing. The referee was quite good; however, the linesman on the dugout side was a complete waste of time. Kuyt should have scored the rebound and Liverpool must capitalize on these goalscoring opportunities.
Our goal finally came, and it was a slice of luck, but the build up to the goal was fantastic. I'm not sure what Laurent Koscielny was thinking but it was more then we deserved at that point. Somehow Arsenal were level a few minutes later. A lovely cross by Sagna found an un-marked Van Persie six-yards from goal. Obviously questions need to be asked directly to Carragher about that goal.
Once they scored I kept waiting for them to get on top but immediately we took control again, hitting the post right before the break. Suarez had already hit the post after Henderson should have scored.
The second half was a bit more even I suppose with Reina making one great save with his feet but Arsenal never really got in the game. They were helped by an injury to Arteta which stopped our momentum and he was completely ineffective. We still dominated the half and with better finishing (story of our season) we should have been out of sight.
The best opportunity fell to Downing who should have just slid the ball to Suarez for a tap in but his cross went at the keeper. We can't keep making those mistakes! Somehow Arsenal scored at the death with some poor marking by Carragher and Kelly. It was out of nothing but you have to tip your hat to Van Persie who got his shot on target. Arsenal walked away with the three points and fourth place is a pipe dream at this point.