Liverpool gunned down by Arsenal in Howard's Webb

Liverpool gunned down by Arsenal in Howard's Webb

Liverpool gunned down by Arsenal in Howard's Webb

The cauldron of Anfield was hushed, their new manager muted. For when Arsenal found their goal scoring boots, it was Liverpool who got skinned, alive. With Brendan Rodgers wondering what had hit his side, the Kops were left singing the song ‘Speechless’. It may take more than a managerial shakedown to avoid another disastrous campaign for the 18-time English champions.

Just like last season, yesterday, the Gunners walked away from Anfield with a victory, with summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santiago Carzola bagging in the goals, in a 2-0 victory that ensured Robin van Persie’s goal scoring exploits will be temporarily stored in the cabinet marked ‘Forgotten’. With Alex Song gone to Catalunya, Abou Diaby commanded the midfield, alongside the skillful Carzola, as the visitors did damage to their unbelieving hosts.

The Reds’ defense has been their Achilles heel this season, having now conceded seven goals in just three games. Their goal difference is -5. For a team that still considers itself a top side, this season just rubber stamps their downfall. Their uphill battle has turned into a mountain to climb, no wonder Rodgers is complaining at the lack of an Andy Carroll replacement. Word is he wants to seek the services of former Liverpool great, Michael Owen. Whatever happened to Fabio Borini.

The Merseysiders, though profligate in front of goal, should have been recipients of at least two penalties that were waved on by Howard Webb. Their only positive was teenage sensation Raheem Sterling, who tormented Carl Jenkinson and Per Mertesecker, and also hit the woodwork. But with Thomas Vermaelen and Vito Mannone outstanding, the North Londoners continued their good defensive display that has resulted in a third clean sheet in as many games this season.

As for Arsene Wenger’s charges, they were really outstanding, and were it not for the glaring misses by Olivier Giroud, the score line would have been much higher. They now have their first win of the season, against one of their title rivals, while Liverpool awaits its first.

But for Brendan Rodgers, he will wish to have remained on the Swansea managerial seat. Whatever he’s witnessing cannot compare to his former charges. With Liverpool riveted in the relegation zone in 18th position, the Reds abysmal Anfield show goes on.

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