1-0 after barely a minute.
2-0 after barely ten minutes.
3-0 after barely fifteen minutes.
4-o after barely 20 minutes.
A brace from Martin Škrtel. A shot from Raheem Sterling. A strike from Daniel Sturridge. It’s 4-0 to Liverpool after 21 minutes played, and you have to think this is over for Arsenal.
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Yes, you read that correctly. Liverpool centerback Martin Škrtel put his side ahead 2-0 after less than fifteen minutes. The first goal came after Per Mertesacker was foolish enough to foul Luis Suárez in Steven Gerrard free-kick territory. Škrtel got on the end of his captain’s delivery and kneed the ball on into the net.
The Slovak got his second ten minutes later, again off a ball from Gerrard, this time delivered from the corner. Škrtel got his head on the end of Gerrard’s cross and executed a terrific ball, directing it into the top corner of the net.
Arsenal barely had time to breathe before Suárez hit the post, which turned out to be just a warning to the visitors. Two minutes later, a fast break prompted the Uruguayan to put a lovely cross into the area. Sturridge and Sterling were both ready to pounce, but it was Sterling who latched on, directing the ball into the bottom corner of Wojciech Szczęsny’s net.
The fourth goal came in the 20th minute, with Liverpool once again carving apart the Gunners’ defense. Philippe Coutinho got behind Laurent Koscielny, with an unmarked Sturridge slipping in to get on the end of the ball from the Brazilian. Szczęsny looked utterly defeated as the ball landed in the net once more.
This is the first time Arsenal have conceded three goals in the Premier League since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa. At this rate, it looks as though the Gunners will be fortunate to keep the scoreline at just 4-0.
In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.
But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.
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In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.
For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”
The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.
And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.
Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.
If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.
Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.
Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.
“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”
So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.
As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.