Liverpool came out on top in an emphatic 4-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

With Simon Mignolet rested, Loris Karius started in Liverpool’s goal, while Joe Gomez replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back as Klopp made just two changes to his starting line-up.

First half

Emre Can and Danny Welbeck exchanged early attempts on goal, with the Liverpool midfielder heading Alberto Moreno’s cross wide before the Arsenal forward miscued a shot over the crossbar after a dangerous central burst from Alexis Sanchez.

The decibel level increased around Anfield and the Reds responded by creating their first clear-cut chance in the 10th minute. A slick one-two between Can and Roberto Firmino on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area put the former in position to aim a low cross into the path of Mohamed Salah, but Petr Cech somehow scrambled across his six-yard box to deny the No.11.

But Liverpool didn’t have to wait much longer for their opener. Gomez won the ball back high up the pitch, traded passes with Can and swung in a left-footed delivery, which an unmarked Firmino nodded home with ease. 

It was very nearly 2-0 two minutes later. Jordan Henderson swarmed over Mesut Özil and won possession, but then lifted the ball over Cech and off target after being played in by Firmino.

Mané volleyed Gini Wijnaldum’s knockdown around the half-hour mark, but made no mistake when rounding off a devastating Liverpool counter five minutes before the break.

A lightning-quick transition from defence to attack – which saw Wijnaldum, Can and Firmino work the ball up the pitch to Mané – ended with the Senegalese cutting inside Rob Holding and curling a low, right-footed effort beyond Cech for his third Premier League goal in as many games this season.

Second half

There was to be no let up after the interval, and it was the willingness of Klopp’s front three to press high that resulted in Liverpool’s third goal in the 57th minute. Salah pounced on a loose touch from Hector Bellerin – who was left alone at the back as Arsenal took a corner – just inside the Reds’ half, surged away towards the Kop and coolly slotted past Cech from 12 yards.

Mané was within a yard of making it four when he slid an effort past Cech, but the Gunners cleared off the line. That was the No.19’s final contribution before being withdrawn, to a fully deserved standing ovation, for Sturridge.

Sturridge made an immediate impact, too, as he nodded Salah’s cross in from close range following yet another brilliant team move from Liverpool, who have now won four consecutive matches in all competitions.

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