Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp almost came to blows as Liverpool secured one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The opening 33 minutes were largely uneventful before the two managers got into a heated altercation. It proved to be a catalyst for the home side as it harnessed a volatile atmosphere at Anfield. Sadio Mane scored the opener shortly after before goals from Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino sealed the result.
Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (8), Matip (7), Van Dijk (8), Tsimikas (7), Fabinho (7), Thiago (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (8), Salah (8), Jota (8), Mane (8).
Subs: Henderson (6), Minamino (7), Morton (n/a).
Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Tomiyasu (6), Gabriel (5), White (5), Tavares (4), Partey (6), Lokonga (4), Saka (5), Smith Rowe (5), Lacazette (6), Aubameyang (5).
Subs: Odegaard (5), Maitland-Niles (5), Elneny (n/a).
Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “All the games are opportunities for us. It was an exceptional performance. We grew into the game, we got better and better.” he added. “We controlled the game in a good way and played exciting stuff in the right moments. It was a mixture of a mature and exciting performance. In games like this it’s important you keep your opponent as far away from your goal as possible and be decisive in the other areas.”
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta: “I think the first half was very competitive. We both had moments and we competed well. At 1-0 down we go to half-time, it is the moment we have to be patient but we were completely the opposite.” he added. “We completely crashed. That’s why we lose the game – the rest is a consequence of the frustration of having to chase the game. We know they will punish you. They can press, they are one of the best at it.”
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