Liverpool’s Alisson Becker hails Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez

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Alisson Becker was impressed with Emi Martinez at the Emirates (Picture: AMA.Getty Images)

Alisson Becker has hailed Emiliano Martinez’s performance in Arsenal’s win over Liverpool this week, saying the Argentine goalkeeper made the difference at the Emirates.

The Gunners pulled off a shock 2-1 win over the Premier League champions on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson, bouncing back from a Sadio Mane opener.

Liverpool largely had themselves to blame, with rare errors from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson leading to Arsenal’s goals, but the Brazilian ‘keeper also had some kind words for his opposite number in the Gunners goal.

Martinez, who is only playing due to an injury to first choice stopper Bernd Leno, was in fine form, with a highlight reel save from a deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold shot the most memorable of a string of stops.

The 27-year-old certainly did enough to catch the eye of Alisson, who has praised his performance in the aftermath of the game.

‘We had the chances,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website. ‘They defended well, they dropped deep and it is more difficult to find the spaces, but we found those kinds of spaces. When we had the chances, [Emiliano] Martinez did well and sometimes we could do better.

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Martinez was in fine form as Arsenal beat Liverpool (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘But as a team, we should do better tonight, we know that. We didn’t deliver 100 per cent on the pitch and this is what we need to do in the last two games. We need to think of the next one.’

The Reds have already wrapped up the Premier League title, but they have clearly dropped off in form since then, with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with Burnley in the build up to the Arsenal loss.

Defeat in north London cost the Reds the chance of beating the record Premier League points total and Alisson admits that mistakes are happening that wouldn’t have occurred earlier in the season.

‘We stopped doing the runs to defend, we stopped putting them under pressure, and they got confidence from that,’ said the Brazilian. ‘We started to commit silly mistakes and then we committed two individual mistakes we’re not used to committing during the season.’

Liverpool have just two games left, at home to Chelsea and away at Newcastle on the final day of the season.

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