Liverpool continued their impressive start to the campaign by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield and keeping their 100% record intact.
A Mohamed Salah brace and a Joel Matip goal was enough for the Reds to see off the Gunners, while the away side scored a cosolation goal very late on via Lucas Torreira.
In a first-half where Arsenal were resolute at the back and played on the counter, Jurgen Klopp’s men found it tough to carve out clear-cut opportunities in regularity.
Instead, it was the Gunners who had two good chances falling to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. While the former missed his chip by an inch, the latter should have done better with a one-v-one chance against Liverpool keeper Adrian.
The opening goal was scored just before half-time, when Matip rose the highest to turn in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.
Four minutes into the second half, David Luiz gave away a cheap penalty with a blatant shirt tug on Salah. The Egyptian stepped up to tuck his spot-kick into the back of the net.
Liverpool’s star man made it three in the 58th minute, when he received the ball on the half-turn, embarrassed Luiz and slotted his effort into the corner.
Arsenal got a goal back in the 85th minute via Torreira, but by then, the points were sealed by the home side.
Here’s how we rated the Liverpool players on display today:
Adrian - 5
Looked nervy in the first half and his mistimed clearance handed Aubameyang an opportunity. Looked more assured in the second half and couldn’t have done much to save the goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7
The youngster was better defensively, but his crossing from open play wasn’t that great. However, it was him whose corner was headed in by Matip to open the scoring.
Joel Matip - 8
Picked ahead of Joe Gomez, Matip was assured defensively and scored an important goal just before half-time to settle the nerves at the Kop End.
Virgil van Dijk - 8
Apart from one or two itchy moments in the first half against Pepe, van Dijk was imperious at the back and his game-reading abilities were simply superb.
Andy Robertson - 7
The Scotsman went forward and supplied the width when the team had possession. He tracked back well and defended his zone dutifully.
Fabinho - 8
A robust performance from Fabinho who read the game well most of the time. His pass to free up Salah for the third goal was fantastic.
Jordan Henderson - 7
The captain was everywhere in midfield showing his desire to press high to win the ball and also track back when required.
Georginio Wijnaldum - 6
A tidy game from the Dutchman without much fireworks. His passing was safe and secure, and he did his bit off the ball. Subbed off in the second half.
Mohamed Salah - 9
Looked threatening from the first minute and scored two goals of varied quality to send Arsenal packing.
His movement to draw a shirt tug from Luiz was fantastic, while the push and run for the third goal was simply world-class.
Roberto Firmino - 8
Even though he didn’t score his customary goal against Arsenal, Firmino was brilliant with his movement on/off the ball. His lay-off to free up Salah that forced Luiz into a shirt tug was outstanding. Subbed off later on.
Sadio Mane - 6
Quieter of the front three, but Mane was equally dangerous in the final third whenever the opportunity came. His high pressing was great.
Subbed off later on.
(SUB) James Milner - 6
Came on to add steel and experience in midfield and the Englishman did that.
(SUB) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - N/A
Came on very late into the game to add pace on the counter.
(SUB) Adam Lallana- N/A
Came on in the 86th minute and had next to no time to make an impact or two.
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