Jason McAteer has told Arsenal boss Unai Emery he got his tactics wrong at Anfield, after his side were crushed 5-1 by Liverpool.

The Gunners were hoping to give the Premier League leaders a run for their money on Merseyside, but after taking the lead it all fell apart.

Emery's men could not live with Liverpool and were 4-1 down at the half time break, before their misery was then compounded by conceding again in the second half.

McAteer, who was watching on for LFC TV, believes that Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira did not protect Arsenal's backline properly.

And he feels Emery should have told Xhaka to stick to Roberto Firmino, who scored a hat-trick, like glue.

McAteer said on LFC TV after the game: "I think Emery got it wrong today.

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"That area in front of the back, you need cover.

"Torreira and Xhaka got caught up the pitch. They aren't like a Fabinho.

"These two want to make things happen and at times they switch off.

"Emery missed a trick", McAteer stressed.

"If Firmino plays well, Liverpool play well.

"They should have said to Xhaka 'take him out of the game and stick with him'."

Arsenal are still fifth in the Premier League standings following their loss at Anfield, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side can move to within three points of the Gunners if they can beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday.