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Liverpool and Coutinho stun stuttering Arsenal in seven-goal thriller

Phillippe Coutinho scored twice as Jrgen Klopps Liverpool side survived a late fightback to win 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium

Jrgen Klopp lost himself in the moment. The Liverpool administrator beat his chest and, in the hysterium, he knocked his glass from his face. Adam Lallana had just set his squad 2-1 up early in the second half and, when the passions had cooled, Klopp fished around on the ground that are intended to reacquaint himself with his lenses.

It was an afternoon when Klopp and everybody else inside the Emirates Stadium could scratch their eyes in skepticism. Liverpool were irresistible for a golden period after the interval, which climaxed in Sadio Man, the 30 m signing from Southampton, fizzing home their fourth objective. Klopp was central to the celebrations on the touchline, letting Human to clamber on to his back. He would afterward say that he regretted the fact that. The game was not over, even if it felt like it was.

Liverpool were vibrant and clinical, with their other expensive new son, Gini Wijnaldum the 23 m purchase from Newcastle United also prominent. Then, there was Philippe Coutinho who , not for the first time at this venue, was a pleasure to watch. He had equalised for 1-1 in first-half stoppage period with a scintillating 30 -yard free-kick while he also scored his teams third goal.

It was some game to open the season in north London but it was enjoyable only for Liverpool, where it feels that something is stirring. Klopp restored faith and unity last season and, after a full pre-season in which to hammer home his high-intensity methods and play the transfer marketplace, he has talked of this as being his squad. There were defensive flaws on display but the optimism could surge.

For Arsenal, there was bitter annoyance and the same old questions, despite a gallant attempt to bounce back off the canvas after Humans objective for 4-1. The replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a fine solo objective and when Calum Chambers flicked home a header for 4-3, there could be supposes of the crazy 4-4 draw between the teams at Anfield in 2009.

An Arsenal equaliser, however, never looked like materialising and, instead, there was the familiar voice of a chorus of boos from the home crowd at full-time. Arsne Wenger had been without seven players because of fitness issues and his makeshift central-defensive pairing of Chambers and Rob Holding, the new signing from Bolton Wanderers, was left exposed, although he did not blame them.

Arsenal started brightly and the latter are the very best squad in a first half during which Theo Walcott missed a penalty and then scored the commencement of the objective. But it was shocking to see how sharply the tide turned and, yet again, there could be questions about the teams mental fortitude.

Wenger lamented the timing of Coutinhos equaliser while he also referenced the absence of experience in his squad and how, physically, they had not been ready, which felt like an indictment. He can now count another couple of traumata, after Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey were forced off with muscular problems around the hour and there will surely be renewed calls for Wenger to reinforce the squad with one or more signings.

Wenger had chosen to leave his one big-money buy, Granit Xhaka, on the replaces bench until the 67 th minute while his decision to start Walcott ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right had been another surprise. Walcott presented his character to manner the breakthrough, because the penalty miss had come moments earlier. From Iwobis pass, his instincts took over and the low finish flashed into the far corner.

Klopp would complain about the penalty award, claiming Alberto Moreno played the ball rather than Walcott but it did not matter when Simon Mignolet went the right way to beat away the kick. Morenos challenge was clumsy, at the very least. It was the first penalty Walcott had taken in 10 -and-a-half years as an Arsenal player.

Liverpool allowed Arsenal too much space in the first half and, apart from the 40 th-minute counter, when Roberto Firmino and Coutinho ran a shooting opportunity for Wijnaldum, which Petr Cech maintained out, they had not hinted at an equaliser. Coutinhos execution was a genius moment, according to Klopp. Holding had confessed the free-kick when he nibbled into the back of Coutinho.

Ramsey had enjoyed a couple of early opportunities but Liverpool turned video games on its head after half-time. It felt as though they were holding an in-house competitor for the goal of the month and there might have been another during that devastating spell only for Cech to save from Coutinho. Lallana could not convert the rebound.

Lallana scored with a crisp finish after Coutinho had released Wijnaldum; the third went when Coutinho touched in Nathaniel Clynes driven cross and Klopp was in raptures when the outstanding Man sliced inside to send a rising drive into the far, top corner. Coutinho was forced off on 69 minutes but Klopp reported that it was merely because of cramp. Arsenals rally featured Oxlade-Chamberlain beating three men and embarrassing Mignolet at his near post and Chambers rising to glance home the replace Santi Cazorlas free-kick. It was not enough.

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