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Mikel Arteta steals from Jurgen Klopp as Mike Dean dismisses Liverpool moans



Moments you may not have spotted during Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool suffered only their second Premier League defeat of the season when they slipped to a disappointing reverse at Arsenal.

Luis Diaz forced an own goal from Gabriel to equalise Bukayo Saka’s early opener only for bad mistakes from Alisson Becker to gift the Gunners goals through Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard as the Reds slumped to a 3-1 defeat. The result means Jurgen Klopp’s men have had their lead cut at the Premier League summit to just two points.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Arsenal must absolutely love Liverpool. First it was the chants of ‘Allez Allez Allez’ that rung around the Emirates during the match.

And then, during the manic post-match celebrations from last season’s Premier League runners-up, Mikel Arteta opted to embrace a Klopp trademark by delivering a triple fist-pump towards the jubilant home fans.

Rumours Arsenal are now planning a big-money move for George Sephton and Mighty Red have just been made up.

Firey half-time

They do things differently in this part of North London. And that was evidenced by what went on at half-time inside the stadium.

Part of the entertainment appeared to revolve around selected cabin crew members from the Emirates airline kicking a football towards some fire. Somehow, this ended with a home supporter winning something or another.

And then, as during the FA Cup tie last month, there was the playing of a WWE wrestler’s theme tune. On Sunday, it was The Rock. Who knows what they are cooking at Arsenal these days…

Kolo oh no

The press room before the game was packed not only with journalists but also a whole gaggle of former Arsenal and Liverpool players. And there was an amusing moment involving one who played for both.

Kolo Toure was thumbing through the matchday programme with a colleague when they chanced upon a photograph of him during his younger years with the Gunners.

“Who is that?” enquired his friend. “Is it your younger, slimmer brother?”. “I’ve put a few on since then!” responded the cheery Toure. Such japes.

Dean down.

Klopp was less than impressed with the decision to send off Ibrahima Konate for two bookable offences, particularly when Arsenal centre-back Gabriel escaped any censure for a similar incident with Darwin Nunez.

Referee Anthony Taylor, though, found a friend in former whistle-blower Mike Dean, who was in attendance at the Emirates.

And when asked by the ECHO after the game whether the dismissal was correct, Dean answered: “Yeah, yeah.”

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