Liverpool will head into the international break buoyed by yet another positive result against Arsene Wenger’s side after thrashing Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Superb goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge saw the Reds condemn Arsenal to a second defeat in three Premier League matches, a result that clearly left many away supporters despondent on the final whistle.
But let Arsenal’s woeful performance take nothing away from Liverpool, who steamrolled one of their key rivals to climb to second in the table, to the delight of manager Jurgen Klopp.
Here’s how I rated the Reds today.
Loris Karius – 5
When Simon Mignolet was inexplicably left out of the matchday squad and replaced with Karius, many supporters feared the worst. However, while the young German goalkeeper had a few characteristic lapses in judgement during the game, his performance was otherwise reasonably solid and he kept a clean sheet (though he had little to do). Hopefully he can improve this season.
Alberto Moreno – 7
Another good performance from Moreno, who once again got forward well to compliment the attack while also defending much better when required. He may have a future at Liverpool after all.
Dejan Lovren – 6
Liverpool’s backline were largely untroubled today, but Lovren still looked a little sketchy at times. However, he improved as the game went on and helped his side to a clean sheet.
Joel Matip – 7
Matip was also reasonably untroubled by the Gunners attack, but he remained composed and cool on the ball when the need arrived.
Joe Gomez – 6
I thought Gomez had a slightly shaky first half – Arsenal seemed to have the most joy when attacking on the left, where Gomez should have been shutting up shop. However, he also improved as the game went on and eventually snuffed Arsenal out at right-back.
Emre Can – 8
Can was a colossus against Arsenal today, as he had been against Hoffenheim in the previous game. His passing, tackling and reading of the game were all superb – he looked twice as good as any of Arsenal’s central midfielders. Fingers crossed he signs that contract soon!
Gini Wijnaldum – 8
Wijnaldum was similarly impressive today. Sometimes criticised for going missing in certain games, he responded with a magnificent, hard-working performance that saw him shrug off multiple Arsenal tackles and drive Liverpool forward in attack. This was Gini at his best, in my opinion.
Jordan Henderson – 7
The Captain put in another good shift today. His key attributes (long-range passing, work-rate and vision) were there for all to see. Needed a little more composure at times, but overall solid as usual.
Sadio Mane – 8
What more can we say about Mane? He was a joy to watch once again, tearing Arsenal’s back line to shreds with blistering pace and skill. Everyone could see his goal coming a mile off and no-one could stop it. He’s currently Liverpool’s best player, and that’s saying a lot considering who his fellow forwards are.
Mohamed Salah – 9
My only 9 of the day goes to Salah. The young Egyptian was simply electric today and the Arsenal players couldn’t handle him. As usual, he was always alive to any potential goalscoring opportunities and he took his goal superbly after running half the length of the pitch. What a signing he’s turning out to be!
Roberto Firmino – 7
Bobby Firmino had another excellent game leading the line for Liverpool and got his just rewards with a well-taken header to open the scoring. His skill and tactical awareness make him invaluable to the speedy, direct forwards who flank him, and he always poses a major goal threat.
Daniel Sturridge – 7
Off the bench with a goal to put Liverpool out of sight, Sturridge showed why he’s still so important to this Liverpool team. A wonderful option for Klopp to have.
James Milner – 6
Milner didn’t do anything spectacular after coming on for Firmino, but he put in the hard graft we’ve all come to expect and kept things moving in the middle of the park.
Marko Grujic – 6
Grujic came on with ten minutes to go and still did better than most of Arsenal’s lacklustre midfielders had managed the whole game. He’ll get more chances this season.