For some reason, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to explain his 5-1 victory over Arsenal with Liverpool almost four years after it happened.
Rodgers hasn’t been in the press for a while so the 44-year-old decided to explain how his Liverpool side thumped Arsenal 5-1 back in February 2014. “This game was one of the major highlights of my time at Liverpool” he said.
“Our idea going into it was to allow Arsenal to build the game so they would open the pitch up. Then we would get into our midfield block to press the game in the central area or on the right hand side. We felt we could then break out from inside Arsenal’s shape.”
“(The third goal was the most significant) because people felt we changed our style in my second season to when I first came in. It was exactly the same style but what was different was our efficiency in the second part of the season.
“In my first season we had numbers of games where we were in on counter attack but in the whole of the season we only scored one goal from a counter attack. In the second season we had nine goals from counter attack. So our efficiency changed, not necessarily the tactic.”
The loss at Anfield wasn’t just a bad day, it was one of three massive defeats Arsenal suffered during the 2013/14 season.
Fortunately, the Gunners went on to beat Hull 3-2 in the FA Cup final and lift their first trophy for nine years, so the campaign wasn’t so bad.
Arsene Wenger’s men had already been beaten 6-3 away to Manchester City and would go on to get humiliated 6-0 at Stamford Bridge the following month.
Martin Skrtel put Liverpool ahead within a minute, then netted a second in the 10th. Raheem Sterling also scored, followed by Daniel Sturridge. After 20 minutes, Arsenal were 4-0 down and struggling.
Sterling scored his second in the 52nd minute. When Mikel Arteta netted a penalty in the 69th after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was tripped over by Steven Gerrard, it wasn’t even a consolation goal.
There was no consolation for how easily the Gunners had been taken apart and not for the first time. It might be almost four years later, but it’s disturbing how similar Rodgers’ tactics back in 2014 sound to how teams still play against us now – often to great effect.
It’s embarrassing that we haven’t learned. Even more embarrassing than Rodgers giving an interview on the win four years after it happened.