Arsenal new signing David Luiz has broken his silence about his floppy showing in their defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. The Gunners suffered a 3-1 humiliation by the Reds in a match that was highly anticipated in the weekend.
It was not the mauling Arsenal suffered in their 5-1 loss at Anfield in December but it was certainly an indicator that Unai Emery’s side remains in construction mode and are still a good way behind the elite.
Emery’s defense remained resilient until the 41st minute when Joel Matip broke the deadlock and gave the Reds a lead before uncontainable Mohammed Salah schooled Luiz and ran away with 2 goals.
Brought in to add sorely needed experience and quality to a stuttering defense, the ex-Chelsea defender showed the erratic and error-strewn side of his game that has often come out against strong opponents.
But he has come out to defend himself against critics, stating that Klopp’s men were simply ‘difficult to take on’.
“I think we had opportunities in the beginning of the first half to score one or two goals and [it] could be a different match. Then after that, we are playing against a fantastic team where they have rhythm, they play with intensity, they never stop.
“I think the penalty killed the game and after that it was a concern a bit for my game that I could not make the foul because they gave the yellow for me for the penalty,” said Luiz.
David Luiz: “We are playing against a fantastic team where they have rhythm, they play with intensity, they never stop.” 🔥
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 26, 2019
Luiz will lead his side against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after Liverpool has dealt with Burnley on Saturday.