Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Premier League, Anfield
August 24, 2019
Matip 41′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)
Salah pen 49′ (assist – none)
Salah 59′ (assist – Fabinho)
Torreira 84′ (assist – Aubameyang)
The Reds, lining up against Arsenal‘s diamond setup, pressed high and hard early on, and their slick passing play almost led to a goal within 90 seconds, but Roberto Firmino was unable to slide home Andy Robertson‘s low cross.
After a worrying first league start against Southampton, Adrian seemed intent to one-up his St Mary’s error as he rushed out to interrupt Virgil van Dijk shepherding the ball out of danger, almost gifting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a goal in the process.
A ridiculous and ultimately fruitless wait for the VAR team to check for a possible red card at one end then led to Nicolas Pepe breaking at the other, with the Ivorian’s effort straight into the legs of Adrian from close range.
- Klopp makes two changes as Henderson and Fabinho return in midfield
- Matip’s soaring header gives Liverpool the lead after pinpoint Trent corner
- Salah doubles lead from penalty spot after clumsy Luiz foul
- Egyptian King seals brace with stunning goal, humiliating Luiz
- Torreira nets consolation as Reds’ wait for a clean sheet continues
Liverpool picked up where they left off after the break, and soon they were 2-0 up as David Luiz stupidly pulled Salah’s shirt back in the box, with the Egyptian King on hand to blast home the penalty.
He extended the lead further before the hour mark, and it was a moment of pure brilliance as he turned a hapless Luiz on the right-hand side before surging inside and placing it beyond Leno and into the far corner.
The Reds smelled blood, but Klopp opted to change things around with 20 minutes left to play in order to rest tiring legs, ahead of another crucial week at Melwood.
James Milner replaced Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took over from Mane, and after taking their foot off the gas the hosts led their clean sheet slip, with Aubameyang dancing into the box and laying it on for Lucas Torreira to fire in.
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TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi
Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal; Xhaka, Guendouzi (Mkhitaryan 86′), Willock (Lacazette 80′); Pepe, Ceballos (Torreira 61′), Aubameyang
Subs not used: Martinez, Chambers, Kolasinac, Nelson