If Liverpool’s title chances were hanging on by a thread prior to last night’s match against Arsenal, then their hopes are surely on the ground with barely a pulse after Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin put on a clinical display against the Merseyside club with a four-goal effort that left all of Anfield in shocked disbelief.
Arsenal moved head nine minutes from the half when Arshavin broke through the Liverpool defence and fired his side ahead. Liverpool, who were fairly dominant in the first half, appeared to be stunned as they headed to the changing room at half time. But in typical Liverpool fashion, Rafa Benitez’s club came out in the second half with a renewed determination.
Torres squared the match at 1-1 with a header only four minutes into the second half. Liverpool would then capitalised on a poor possession from left-back Kieran Gibbs to go ahead 2-1 thanks to a Yossi Benayoun header. From there it was pure madness.
Liverpool’s once feared defence went missing for the rest of the night, as Arshavin bullied Alvaro Arbeloa off the ball before firing a stunning shot from just outside the area past the left hand of Pepe Reina.
Just three minutes later Fabio Aurelio added to Liverpool’s defensive issues by failing to make a proper clearance. Arshavin once again took advantage of the mistake and put the ball away for the hat-trick.
Arshavin then added another in the 90th minute before Yossi Benayoun smashed one home in stoppage time to bring the score back to 4-4.
Whilst it was by far one of the best matches in Premier League history, Liverpool still only get one point for their efforts. They currently sit at the top of the table on goal differential, but they could go three points behind Manchester United — who still have another game in-hand — if they manage to defeat Portsmouth at Old Trafford this evening.