Liverpool maintained their place at the top of the Premier League and their 100% start to the season as Jürgen Klopp’s side brushed aside Arsenal at Anfield.
Arsenal, who prior to today, were the only other side to win their first two games, had their opportunities of a breakthrough in a closely contested first-half, especially when £72 million signing Nicholas Pepe fierce the ball straight at Adrián after a one-on-one with the stand-in keeper.
The hosts opened the scoring as Joel Matip fired the Reds into the lead with a powerful header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner just four minutes from the break. Incidentally, Alexander-Arnold has assisted nine goals in his previous ten appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions.
Any hopes that Unai Emery and Arsenal had of a second-half revival were thwarted just five minutes after the restart as David Luiz blatantly dragged the shirt of Mohamed Salah, which resulted in a Liverpool penalty. Up stepped Salah, and the Egyptian made no mistake from the spot as he drilled the ball home.
Just minutes later, Salah bagged a brace as the Egyptian embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.
Liverpool’s Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.
Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool’s 12th successive Premier League victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.
Liverpool: Adrián, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané.
Substitutes: Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Kelleher.
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willock, Pépé, Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Torreira, Chambers, Nelson, Martínez, Kolasinac.