But without their two game-changers in attack, Liverpool were toothless at Anfield and struggled to conjure up any excitement going forward.
And plenty of people on social media had more or less the same thought regarding Jurgen Klopp’s team:
Damn, this Liverpool team without Salah and Mane is just cross and vibes 😮💨
— CHASER (@oddschaser) January 13, 2022
This Liverpool team is useless without Mane and Salah, Pass it on.
— Kholynz👻💙 (@kholynz__) January 13, 2022
Arsenal have been great with 10 men but if you want a snippet into how Liverpool are going to be without Salah & Mane, here you are! Half as good, literally.
— Mellor (@MellorFootball) January 13, 2022
We really are just Salah & Mane merchants, I cba
— Peadár (@padrman) January 13, 2022
Without Salah and Mane we look absolutely toothless and disjointed in attack.
The consequences of not having adequate cover and squad depth.
— LIVERBIRD (@goatsefc) January 13, 2022
fuck me we have to watch us attempt to score without salah or mane for another month
— Paige (@paige11__) January 13, 2022
Takumi Minamino, scorer of the last-gasp equaliser against Leicester in the previous round, was given the nod alongside Roberto Firmino and Jota in the front three.
But he was largely anonymous on this occasion and missed a golden opportunity to score a late winner when an open goal presented itself.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale had a fairly easy night on Merseyside as a result and only had to make just one real save – to deny substitute Curtis Jones in stoppage time.
Depending on how each player’s national team performs at the tournament in Cameroon, Liverpool could be missing Salah and Mane for around a month.
Their upcoming fixture list isn’t too frightening but it’s clear their level drops tremendously when they can’t call upon the pair.
Liverpool host Brentford in the Premier League in the Sunday, before they travel to the Emirates for the second leg next week.
They then play Crystal Palace away, as well as Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round on 6 Feb.