Liverpool vs Arsenal PLAYER RATINGS: Bukayo Saka and Luis Diaz endure quiet evenings at Anfield… while Ibrahima Konate redeems himself after giving away a free-kick that gave the Gunners the lead

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Liverpool and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday night as both sides looked to take the lead at the top of the Premier League table. 

It was an enthralling game of football, but nothing could separate the title challengers at full-time with Mikel Arteta‘s side getting off to a flying start, taking the lead after just four minutes with Gabriel heading the ball in from a free-kick. 

Jurgen Klopp‘s side grew back into the game after going 1-0 down, before Mohamed Salah sprinted down the right hand side of the pitch to collect a long pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold, before drifting into the penalty area and hammeering the ball past David Raya from a tight angle. 

It was Salah’s 11th goal in the Premier League this season and may prove a crucial one as the Merseyside outfit look to keep the heat on the Gunners who sit just one point ahead of them at the top of the Premier League table. 

Here, Mail Sport’s Lewis Steele rates both side’s performances…  

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson – 6

Was uncharacteristically off balance and out of position for Arsenal’s opener after four minutes. Showed good experience to thwart Martinelli late in the first half when his compatriot went through on goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5

A simply sublime pass for Salah’s equaliser was just one of an album of fine creative moves. Kept Martinelli largely quiet, too, as he played as more of a traditional full-back rather than drifting into midfield as usual. Should have buried his chance on 73 minutes, though.

Ibrahima Konate – 8

Was at fault for Arsenal’s goal, giving away a soft free-kick and then losing his man. But was absolutely immense following that moment, reading the game well, bullying the Gunners’ forwards and playing some punchy, breaking-the-lines passes.

Virgil Van Dijk – 7

Was seen barking orders at Liverpool’s troops/ after a shoddy start saw them go a goal down, proving his leadership traits again. Made some decent headed clearances. Was seen asking the referee if he had ‘been drinking’ after Odegaard handball was waved away.

Kostas Tsimikas – 5

How’s your luck, Liverpool? The Greek defender became the second Liverpool left-back to suffer a shoulder injury, with Andy Robertson also out. Very unfortunate for Tsimikas, who was keeping Saka relatively quiet until having to be substituted on 35 minutes.

Wataru Endo – 7 (BOOKED)

Had a slow start to life on Merseyside but the Japan captain has grown as a presence in this midfield after a run in the team due to Alexis Mac Allister’s injury. Will be missed when he goes off to the Asia Cup in January.

Dominik Szoboszlai – 7

Had his best game in a while in the midweek win over West Ham and, though he could not quite replicate that performance, the Hungary skipper was still a good weapon in midfield. Had some nice driving runs but sometimes lacked the final ball.

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Curtis Jones – 7

Nearly caught out early on when he gave the ball away to Havertz but Jones richly deserved his start in Liverpool’s midfield and added a fair dose of energy in central areas.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5 (BOOKED)

Had Zinchenko on toast for Liverpool’s equaliser and this was an all-round mercurial display from Salah. It’s a concern for another day and is a moot point, but Liverpool will be much worse as an attacking unit when he gets off to the African Cup of Nations in the first week of January.

Cody Gakpo – 5.5

Given a big show of faith by Klopp ahead of this match, with the Dutchman starting ahead of Nunez in the No 9 position. Had some nice touches but did not influence the match as much as he would have liked.

Luis Diaz – 5

A rather quiet evening for Liverpool’s Colombian winger, who did not contribute much in an attacking sense and seemed reluctant to try to take on White. Diogo Jota’s return will be welcomed by the Reds.


Joe Gomez (for Tsimikas, 35) – 6

Darwin Nunez (for Gakpo, 67) – 6

Ryan Gravenberch (for Jones, 67) – 6

Harvey Elliott (for Diaz, 67) – 6

Not used: Caoimhin Kelleher, Harvey Elliott, Bobby Clark, James McConnell, Jarell Quansah, Conor Bradley


Jurgen Klopp – 6

Took a tumble as Tsimikas fell into him but that was the most action he got on the touchline. No rows with Arteta as some forecast. Substitutes did not really work out, with Gravenberch not adding much.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1)

David Raya – 7

Could not do anything for Salah’s goal and this was a convincing display for Arsenal’s under-pressure Spanish keeper, albeit most of his saves were regulation stops. Calming presence with the ball at his feet.

Ben White – 7 (BOOKED)

A very pleasing night for White at full-back, with him keeping Diaz very quiet and then showing good fight and fitness to go into battle with Nunez when he entered the fray on that side. Good contributions in an attacking sense, too.

William Saliba – 8.5

All four centre backs had a pleasing evening but Saliba was probably just the pick of the bunch. So silky in possession, a commanding presence and the Frenchman showed his leadership qualities, too, as he marshalled Arsenal’s defence through a tricky test.

Gabriel – 7.5

Great header for Arsenal’s goal and an all-round pleasing performance from the defender. No defender has scored more than his 11 Premier League goals since he joined in 2020. Kept Gakpo quiet.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5

Very poor for Liverpool’s equaliser and not the first time we have seen the Ukrainian full-back well-beaten by Salah. Was a bit suspect in possession early on but grew in that sense and was useful as Arsenal played their way out of trouble.

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Declan Rice – 8 (BOOKED)

Has excellent with his attacking and passing qualities most of this season but the £105million man was brilliant in a defensive sense here. Rice never stopped running and helped mop up dangerous counter-attacks.

Martin Odegaard – 7

Did well to win several fouls with his side under pressure towards the end of the match and allow team-mates to get up the pitch. Had a couple of half-chances but perhaps lacked the killer touch to tilt the match in his team’s favour.

Bukayo Saka – 6.5 (BOOKED)

First Tsimikas and then Gomez kept Arsenal’s star man relatively quiet. Had some flashes of quality but his influence on the game was severely decreased in the second half.

Kai Havertz – 6 (BOOKED)

Like many of Arsenal’s attackers, Havertz did not have much joy as much of the play came in the opposite half. Might have had a penalty on another day as he went down under the challenge of Alexander-Arnold.

Gabriel Martinelli – 5.5

Got into some good areas but lacked a cutting edge in a disappointing display. Had perhaps Arsenal’s best chance aside from the goal on 42 minutes when he was thwarted by fellow Brazilian Alisson.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

So good at keeping the ball in tight areas, hold-up play and drawing fouls. Jesus perhaps faded in the second half but this was a good night for him. Did perhaps rush a couple of shots, which is unlike him.


Leandro Trossard (for Martinelli, 68)

Eddie Nketiah (for Jesus, 78) – 6 (BOOKED)

Not used: Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Jakub Kiwior, Cedric Soares, Jorginho, Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny


Mikel Arteta – 7

His side were by far the better team in the opening 20 or so minutes and Arteta will be disappointed that his team could not capitalise on that. Will be pleased as his defence stood tall and did not wilt amid the much-discussed ‘Anfield atmosphere’.


Chris Kavanagh – 5

Three big calls waved away, including a handball from Odegaard after 20 minutes and a potential penalty to Arsenal for a shove on Havertz in the 82nd minute. Both might have been soft. Saka lunged in with two feet, too, with Kavanagh also turned away.

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