Big match at Anfield, cue big performance from the Reds. After an abject performance away on Monday, Liverpool jumped on Arsenal early and subsequently finished them off at home.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is fond of talking about his team’s ability to react. He will undoubtedly be pleased but with Burnley next, a show of consistency is required against a team determined to choke the counter-attack. Still, against Arsenal, the Reds found their fluid, dynamic best to overlap Arsenal into third place.
Liverpool’s front five all rediscovered some form and found joy against the Gunners, helped in part by Arsene Wenger’s decision to start league leading scorer Alexis Sanchez on the bench. In truth, Liverpool should have scored more in the first half. After Roberto Firmino’s eighth minute opener, the Reds created a series of chances and spent the first 20 minutes playing in Arsenal’s half.
It would take until the 40th minute before Firmino would return the earlier favour and find Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s second goal, sending the Merseysiders into halftime with a 2-0 lead. It would take some time to restart the intensity and Arsenal recovers to make a bit of a match of things with the introduction of Sanchez.
Yet, in the Premier League fixture that has served up more stoppage time goals than any other, Liverpool did not disappoint. Georginio Wijnaldum ended the match with a finish that capped a superb sequence of play and an authoritative end.
Here are four findings from the match.