Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal highlighted their missed opportunities and their struggling front line. Jamie Carragher expressed concern about the lack of goals from players like Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez. Gakpo failed to even take a shot in the game, Diaz has been struggling since his knee injuries, and Nunez has been goalless for 12 straight matches. With Mohamed Salah set to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool’s attacking options are becoming limited. Carragher believes that Liverpool has yet to adequately replace Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in terms of quality.
Gary Neville echoed Carragher’s sentiments, describing the current Liverpool front three as “scruffy.” He believes that Klopp is uncertain about how to pair players alongside Salah in the attack, constantly shuffling them around and substituting them early in games. Neville contrasts this with the previous front three of Firmino, Salah, and Mane, which he considers world-class. The lack of consistency and quality in Liverpool’s attack is a concern for Neville.
Carragher also believes that Arsenal has a better chance of winning the Premier League title compared to Liverpool. He praises Arsenal’s solid defense and their performances against top teams. Despite only earning a point against Liverpool and losing to Aston Villa, Carragher was impressed with Arsenal’s performances and believes they were unlucky not to secure more points. He particularly highlights Arsenal’s strong defensive partnership and their midfield presence in the form of William Saliba and Gabriel, as well as Declan Rice.
Overall, the 1-1 draw with Arsenal exposed Liverpool’s troubles in front of goal and raised doubts about their ability to compete for the title. Arsenal, on the other hand, impressed with their defensive solidity and performances against top teams, making Carragher favor them as title contenders.