Weekend talking points: What on earth was Arsenal's defence doing against Liverpool?

Weekend talking points: What on earth was Arsenal's defence doing against Liverpool?

Weekend talking points: What on earth was Arsenal's defence doing against Liverpool?

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk explained what happened between him and Arsenal defender Sokratis as the two teams departed during halftime.

Sokratis was adjudged to have fouled Salah for a first half penalty, which was converted by the Egypt worldwide to put the Reds into a 4-1 lead.

Van Dijk played down any suggestion of the clash representing a decisive moment in the title race but pledged the Reds will be ready to make their mark in Manchester. "He was attacking him a bit, but I wanted to say he didn't dive", the Dutch defender said after the game.

"We have to look forward because we have another important game on Tuesday".

"I just wanted to talk to him".

"We've got to move players on and the Liverpool defeat showed that. That's what I definitely do".

"We were nearly ideal. That was the only thing", said Van Dijk.

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With Chelsea winning at Crystal Palace a day later, Arsenal now sit five points off the top four and anything less than three points in the home meeting with fellow London side Fulham tomorrow will further undermine the club's hopes of reclaiming a place in the Champions League.

"We can now focus on the City game". Before we didn't do that.

United have been tracking Militao for a while as they too need a new right-back, but Liverpool will want to bring somebody in so they have two players in the position; Trent Alexander-Arnold being the other.

Arsenal were beaten 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday despite going a goal ahead with Roberto Firmino netting a hat-trick for Liverpool.

"We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going". It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.

"A lot of the matches when we play in the second half, for example, with [Alex] Iwobi, it helps us with a different situation tactically and helps us to win the matches".

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