Liverpool 4 - 0 Arsenal: The Reds' Unstoppable Attack
Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp made two changes to the side which beat Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening and secured a place in the Champions League group stages.
Simon Mignolet was mysteriously left out of the squad, while Loris Karius made his first start in goal since December 2016.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was also left out of the side as Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno got the nod in the full-back positions.
“You’ll never walk alone” rang out loudly at Anfield before kick-off as Liverpool supporters hoped to spur their team on.
Liverpool started off as the brighter team too as Emre Can’s headed effort, following a ball in from Alberto Moreno from the left, went wide in the opening five minutes.
The German midfielder then put in an excellent ball for Mohammed Salah and Liverpool’s latest addition should have made it 1-0 to the hosts but Petr Cech pulled off a sensational save.
It didn’t take long for Liverpool to create another chance though and they took the lead in the 16th minute after Gomez won the ball back on the right-wing.
The 19-year-old then delivered a terrific cross and Roberto Firmino was in the right place to nod the ball down past Cech’s right hand.
Liverpool were well and truly on top and could have added another when Salah picked out Jordan Henderson’s run into the box.
The Reds’ skipper couldn’t find the right angle on his chipped strike and Arsenal were given another let off.
Arsenal had a chance of their own through Danny Welbeck but they failed to trouble Karius and the first half an hour was dominated by Liverpool.
The intensity dropped a little after that blistering start but Sadio Mane’s attempted volley almost found its way into the back of the net as Liverpool continued to probe.
Henderson and Can commanded the midfield and put the opposition under pressure as Alexis Sanchez struggled to get involved in the game.
Arsenal needed half-time to come quickly but Liverpool’s relentless attack had other ideas and Mane doubled their lead with five minutes of the first-half left to play.
At half-time, there were some harsh words on Arsenal from Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness: “They need a couple of proper centre-midfielders. It’s not that difficult to put that right.
“Arsenal are like a group of school boys.”
Thierry Henry added: “You have to give Liverpool credit. Mane’s was an amazing goal. It was well deserved but there were too many mistakes from Arsenal.
“They were simple ones that shouldn’t have happened.”
After a terrible first-half, Arsenal hoped to bounce back in the second and they looked more aggressive in the opening stages.
Welbeck put Karius under pressure at times and the Liverpool keeper almost made a costly mistake but he recovered well to settle the nerves.
Liverpool still looked threatening going forward and there were more chances for Can, Henderson and Salah to extend the Reds’ lead.
On 56 minutes, Salah did exactly that after robbing the ball off Hector Bellerin in the middle of the pitch and in a one-on-one situation there was never going to be another outcome.
Arsenal were prepared to through the kitchen sink at Liverpool for the final half an hour as Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette came on.
However, the Gunners rarely troubled Karius and the Liverpool keeper didn’t have too many shots to contend with throughout the game.
Mane, Can and Salah were gifted golden opportunities to make it 4-0 but it was late substitute Daniel Sturridge who got the final goal of the game.
The damage was well and truly done and Liverpool eventually rounded off an impressive display to take all three points and extend their unbeaten run.