Liverpool produced one of the most incredible first-half performances Anfield has witnessed in years to destroy Premier League leaders Arsenal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 8, 2014: Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks dejected as Liverpool score the fourth goal against Arsenal during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

Premier League / Anfield / Saturday, 8th February 2014

Goals: Skrtel (1, 10), Sterling (16, 52), Sturridge (20)

“Poetry in motion, tra la la la la” sang The Kop, and they weren’t wrong. This was football poetry – except nobody would have been brave enough to have written it.

Liverpool were simply sensational and blew the Premier League leaders away inside the first 20 minutes.

The Reds took the lead after just 50 seconds, Martin Skrtel getting a touch on Steven Gerrard‘s beautiful free-kick.

It was the same combination after 10 minutes, Gerrard’s corner headed home by the Slovakian for 2-0.

Six minutes later, Raheem Sterling tapped in Luis Suarez‘s excellent ball across the face of goal.

On 20 minutes, Daniel Sturridge finished well from Philippe Coutinho‘s pass.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 8, 2014: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Arsenal during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Sturridge celebrates making if four after just 20 minutes. Pic: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

In between times, Suarez had hit the post with an absolutely thunderous strike from 25 yards, volleyed on the turn. It would have been a goal of the season contender.

And another wonderful moving that saw Coutinho, Suarez and Sturridge combine with one-touch passes ended with Sturridge’s chipped shot just going wide.

Brendan Rodgers‘ side pressed Arsenal and attacked them with blistering speed, creating chance after chance.

The second half saw Sterling add his second and Liverpool’s fifth, following up his own rebound.

The only blot on the copybook arrived when Steven Gerrard gave away a penalty which Mikel Arteta finished.

After hammering Everton 4-0 in their last home game, Liverpool dropped points at West Brom. They need to ensure they capitalise on today’s victory with three points at Fulham on Wednesday.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho, Gerrard (Ibe 76), Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez (Aspas 86), Sturridge (Allen 66).
Subs not used: Jones, Kelly, Moses, Alberto.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal (Gibbs 61), Wilshere, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil (Rosicky 61), Giroud (Podolski 61).
Subs not used: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Bendtner.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 44,701

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  1. The gooners just experienced the Anfield cyclone sweep through their team. As devastating high tempo mauling as you will ever see. Visual Viagra !

  2. Brendan Rodgers, we possibly have the best manager in the league at the moment. What he is doing with this team at the moment is simply phenomenal.

    I read a post in RAWK that this man could very well be the next Ferguson. In that we change our style according to our environments. In the way he has so many decent/good footballers playing like great/excellent ones (Skrtel, Hendo, Flanagan, Cissokho, Toure). And the manner in which he has been able to get the best out of all our players including the youngsters.

    Last year, we were able to see Rodgers decimate teams like Newcastle, Norwich, Swansea, Wigan and other mid-table fodder. This year, we’re clearly seeing an improvement with battering performances against the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Arsneal. I mean, he has effectively schooled AVB, Martinez and Wenger – that is no mean feat.

    I feel so blessed, proud and lucky to have a manager like him. I knew that Rodgers was a talented man, but he’s shocked me with just how many things he’s been able to change for the better in such a short span of time.

    • Well said mate.

      Yes he is still tactically experimenting but that is to be expected of all managers at all occasions as they should have the team constantly evolving.

      I think his biggest difficulty is getting the team consistently performing at a high level like this game and V Everton.

      It is a psychological issue with the players as they rise to the occasion and play brilliant football in the “bigger” matches because of the greater intensity, then nose dive like against WBA

      He needs to solve this.

      West Ham
      Crystal Palace

      On form there is a certain 17 away points there.

      Here’s hoping Rodgers makes it 21.

  3. What an exciting game. Finally Liverpool put up a real convincing show that they are of worthy title contenders. The whole team did very well.Even Cissokho was really trying his best to make sure nothing get past him. The whole team performance deserved a 9 rating from me. Too bad Suarez , Kolo , Coutinho and Henderson didn’t get their names on the scoresheet. If not the scoreline could easily have been double of that.Don’t really know what had happened to Arsenal.The team did not show up to play. Well done Liverpool . Keep up the good work. YNWA.

  4. And who says I don’t see the bad parts? How many of my comments on this forum have you actually read?

  5. Everyone has seem to forgot the tackle he made on Giroud right after the first. then again the clearance he made from the poor attempt of a punch from Mignolet. It’s whole different game if he doesn’t intervene.

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