Liverpool earned another much-needed Premier League victory with a comprehensive dismissal of Arsenal on Saturday evening.
The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side have now moved within two points of the top four and the Champions League qualification berths.
But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at the Emirates.
Odegaard sets tongues wagging
Arsenal fans would no doubt have hoped the final whistle would signal the end of their suffering after such a one-sided encounter.
But what happened after interestingly-coiffured referee Stuart Attwell ended proceedings served only to alarm the Gunners faithful further as Jurgen Klopp made a beeline for Martin Odegaard and had a lengthy chat with the youngster.
With Arsenal hoping to snap up the loan star from Real Madrid in the summer, the last thing they needed was the sight of Klopp, a known admirer of the Norwegian, hold a friendly conversation.
Mind you, perhaps Klopp was just trying to get some information out of the player ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against his parent club.
Lacazette upsets Klopp
That’s not to say Klopp was necessarily happy with every Arsenal player on Saturday.
Indeed, during the second half he could be heard vociferously enquiring as to why Alexandre Lacazette needed to go to ground in such theatrical fashion whenever tackled.
In the end, Lacazette was rendered almost as ineffective as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by the mighty Liverpool defensive duo of Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips.
But at least his presence afforded everyone inside the Emirates the delight of hearing Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shout ‘LACA’ – one of life’s endearing and most simple pleasures.
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Mane gives Salah a hand
Arteta admitted after the game Liverpool should have won by a greater margin, such was their dominance.
And they would have had several goals in injury time alone were it not for the heroics of Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
In the last action, both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were denied, leaving the former prone on the turf as the final whistle was blown.
Mane trotted over and helped his team-mate to his feet before joining the post-match celebrations. That’s what colleagues do for each other.
Mbappe enquiry made
It seems interest in Kylian Mbappe coming to Liverpool spreads far and wide.
While driving into the Emirates, the ECHO was greeted by a steward who declared: “Yeah, I remember you from last time… any chance of Mbappe coming?”
Meanwhile, Arsenal marked 20 years since the death of their title-winning midfielder David Rocastle with a tribute in the matchday programme.
And, shortly after kick-off, chants saluting the man known as ‘Rocky’ were piped into the Emirates. It was a nice touch on an emotional evening.