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    Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal Match Report


    Liverpool continued their excellent start to the season with a comprehensive victory over a disappointing Arsenal side at Anfield on Sunday.

    The Reds produced a masterclass of pace, quick passing and clever movement to thoroughly outclass their North London opponents, who offered little in terms of chances and were cut open countless times at the back.

    The writing was on the wall long before Roberto Firmino had given Jurgen Klopp's side a 17th-minute lead when he headed home Joe Gomez's cross from eight yards after the full-back had dispossessed Hector Bellerin in midfield.

    Their lead was doubled when Gomez once again started a counter-attack, six minutes prior to half-time, which eventually lead to Sadio Mane cutting inside from the left and curling a emphatic strike past Petr Cech into the bottom corner.

    Mane was a constant thorn in the visitors' defence due to his electrifying pace and clever runs, while Salah provided the perfect balance on the opposite wing that The Reds had been lacking throughout the whole of last season.

    Despite Liverpool's dominance, they nearly fell a goal behind when Alexis Sanchez's through-ball split the home side's defence and Danny Welbeck fired over the crossbar from only eight yards out.

    Sanchez was starting his first match for The Gunners since May's FA Cup final win over Chelsea, having missed the first two league games due to an abdominal injury, although his inclusion came at the expense of record £52.7 million signing Alexander Lacazette.

    Liverpool also made changes from their 4-2 win over Hoffenheim four days earlier, with Loris Karius somewhat surprisingly included for the first time since January in place of Simon Mignolet and Gomez replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

    With Karius underworked throughout the match, it was his counterpart between the opposite sticks who faced a far greater examination as Liverpool peppered the Arsenal goal throughout the first-half.

    Cech produced an smothering save to deny Salah from four yards, after Emre Can's cross to the back-post had set-up the gilt-edged chance, while Salah was also denied by the Czech stopper after he came inside on his left foot to produce a low strike.

    The Reds duly scored a deserved third goal shortly before the hour-mark, when Mohamed Salah was given the freedom of Anfield to slot the ball past Cech from 15 yards after he had caught Bellerin in possession midway inside the Liverpool half.

    Klopp's team rounded off the win when substitute Daniel Sturridge headed home Salah's pinpoint cross from close range, with Arsenal susceptible to the counter-attack once again having lost the ball on the edge of the Liverpool penalty area.

    Only Cech came out of the match with any credit for The Gunners, with the goalkeeper making three further saves to deny the rampant home side from making the scoreline even more emphatic in their favour. 

    Salah had two chances either side of his decisive goal, with Cech denying the Egyptian in a one-on-one having failed to do so in similar circumstances minutes later, before Jordan Henderson fired over the bar from the rebound.

    Mane's effort was saved low-down by Cech, who watched on as Bellerin made a last-ditch clearance to deny the Liverpool forward, while Salah could have added a fifth goal had his effort not been tipped over by the Arsenal stopper in injury time.

    Both teams head into the international break having had contrasting starts to the season, with Liverpool moving up to second in the table on seven points and Arsenal dropping down to 17th position on only three points.

    Jurgen Klopp's side return to action on September 9 with a tough assignment against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium, while The Gunners entertain Bournemouth later that afternoon.
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