Liverpool delivered their finest performance of the season to put Arsenal to the sword on Monday night.
It goes without saying that Arsenal gave a good account of themselves at Anfield, but the statistics don’t lie and Jurgen Klopp’s men were simply a class above their opponents.
Nevertheless, it was the Gunners who took the lead on Merseyside with Alexandre Lacazette scuffing a left-footed strike over Alisson Becker after Andrew Robertson’s defensive clanger.
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
If anything, however, it gave Liverpool the kick up the backside they needed and it only took them nine minutes to flip the game on its head thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Robertson.
The moment that Arsenal fans will be kicking themselves about came after the break with Lacazette seeing a glorious one-on-one opportunity saved all-too easily by Alisson.
And it proved to be costly with Liverpool finally grabbing the goal to wrap up three points with Diogo Jota becoming just the 13th player to score on his Premier League debut for the Reds.
Controversy at Anfield
However, we live in a VAR-ruled world where refereeing controversy couldn’t be higher and Arsenal fans thought they should have been playing against 10-men within the opening minutes.
Mane was lucky to escape unpunished after footage appeared to show him elbowing Kieran Tierney in the face.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg because the debate in the Premier League about the current handball rule is even fierier than suggestions that Mane should have been dismissed.
That’s because there’s a strong contingent of fans on social media that think Jota’s third goal should have been disallowed for handball based on replays of him controlling the ball.
Potential Jota handball
Screenshots clearly show that the ball comes into contact with the very top of Jota’s arm as he cushions it, before proceeding to beat Bernd Leno with a fine strike into the bottom corner.
The Guardian even remarked: “I’ve seen a replay of Jota’s goal and it was a clear handball. It hit his thigh and then his arm before he volleyed it in. I doubt it changed the result but, really, what’s the point?”
Check out some of the reaction across Twitter down below:
I’ll accept the loss but I will not accept inconsistencies with the handball rule and officiating in general, the ball strikes Jota below armpit level and it’s not a hand ball? pic.twitter.com/QyA4XWpfcm— Alex Radu (@AlexRadu__) September 28, 2020
Liverpool schooled us tonight. They were the better side by a country mile. However, it’s hard to accept the state of Premier League referring, yet again. Mane’s elbow on Tierney should have been a red. He stayed on and scored. Jota handball. Goal given. Shambles. #LIVARS #afc pic.twitter.com/gZBklQ0zjT— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) September 28, 2020
Jota goal is a handball pic.twitter.com/uFxFnHWmOQ— Devil (@falharthi2000) September 29, 2020
No check, just yellow.— theGooner 🍁 (@Au6ameyang) September 28, 2020
Funnily enough, it looked even worse live. pic.twitter.com/MbGLwscxMM