Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield has always been a high scoring fixture. 4-0 last time out and 5-1 the year before. Who can forget Andrey Arshavin’s 4 goals in 2010 in a 4-4 draw. The league leaders met the gunners looking to crush them again. Salah, Firmino and Mane all started for Klopp’s side whereas Lacazette was left out fo Emery’s 11.
The Reds began brightl. Mane missed a sitter in the 2nd minute. Alexander Arnold and Robertson opened the flanks numerous times. But it was the gunners who gave us a surprise start- Alex Iwobi received the ball from Ramsey who crossed in the ball to an open Maitland-Niles. 1-0 to Arsenal after 12 minutes- Anfield was stunned. But the league leaders bounced back quickly. Firmino took advanatge of Lichsteiner’s poor clearance to score in an empty net in the 14th minute. 2 minutes later, the Brazilian danced through Sokratis and Mustafi to score a world class goal. In a blink of an eye, Liverpool were 2-1 up, courtesy of Firmino. The Arsenal defense was hopeless, it was as if the back 4 met for the first time yesterday. In the 30th minute, Aubameyang cleared a Liverpool corner beyond the half-way line, but Robertson’s long cross was met by Salah superbly beating the off-side trap who played in Mane in an empty net. Anfield was rocking. Salah added a 4th when he was tripped in the final minutes of the half to score the penalty. 4-1 to Liverpool at half-time. The gunners were shell-shocked.
Emery’s men came out in the second half, much like the first- not expecting much. Liverpool added a 5th goal when Kolasinac clumsily pushed Lovren at the back to which Firmino completed his hat-trick. 5-1 to Liverpool, they were in dreamland. Emery called off Aubameyang in the 68th minute which made sure that the game was over. Liverpool domination ended an entertaining yet one-sided game. Klopp’s men remain at top, 6 points clear off city.