Arsenal news: David Luiz sends message to fans on Instagram after Liverpool horror show | Football | Sport
After the Gunners went 1-0 down courtesy of a Joel Matip strike, Luiz conceded a penalty after tugging Salah’s shirt and he picked himself up to convert from 12 yards and make it 2-0.
He was then outstripped by the Egyptian as Jurgen Klopp’s prolific side put the game beyond any doubt and Lucas Torreira’s late goal was mere consolation.
Luiz was signed on deadline day from Chelsea and put in an encouraging performance on his debut in a 2-1 win over Burnley last time out.
However, he was found wanting against the reigning European champions and was quick to hold his hands up as he posted a message on Instagram aimed at supporters.
“Life is tough and football is tough also sometimes !!!,” he wrote.
“But I know one thing, I will never give up !! Was always like that my life … I came here with a goal , and I will fight until the end for that !!!
“Thank u for the fans, for all the support !!! I will never hide , wining or losing !!!”
While Luiz admitted he was below-par against Liverpool, he believes the decision to award the spot-kick was wrong.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he said: “Yes [it was instinctive], I think you cannot take this out of the players, it’s just a reflex.
“When I turn I see and I take but I take off the power [of the pull]. ‘That’s when I spoke with Momo [Salah] and he said, ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor’.
“But now the VAR you cannot see the power [of the shirt pull] so it’s difficult for the referees, he saw the shirt like that. It’s difficult for them, so I cannot complain to the referees.
“If you play with an extra-large shirt now it could be a penalty every time.
“It’s interpretation. If you pull someone with power and you stop him trying to go to the ball it’s different. This was just a reflex.
“But that’s it, he scored the penalty and gave me a yellow. For the third goal I could not make the foul and put my team in trouble with 10 men.
“So I think I conditioned my game after that, it was more difficult, but the team fight until the end.
“If I pull your shirt or put my hand on your shirt it’s totally different, the power is different. VAR is difficult for them they cannot see the power.”