Liverpool Show Gulf In Class As Arsenal Brushed Aside
Aug 26, 2019 by Stewart Coggin
Liverpool maintained their 100% record this season with a comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal.
The Reds have now recorded three wins out of three in the league and look a side ready to push Manchester City all the way for the title once again.
Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated early on, but despite being under the cosh, Arsenal managed to limit their chances and looked dangerous on the break through Nicolas Pepe who curled an effort just wide of Adrian’s right hand post and was denied in a one-on-one when placing his shot too close to the Spanish goalkeeper.
The Reds took the lead before half-time when Joel Matip rose to head in a corner.
Mohamed Salah took over in the second-half, winning and converting a penalty after having his shirt pulled by David Luiz.
The Egyptian then bamboozled Luiz down the right before cutting in and curling home a low left-footed effort to make it 3-0.
Liverpool were irresistible for the first 20 minutes of the second-half before taking their foot off the gas.
Substitute Lucas Torreira reduced the arrears with a low right-footed effort late on to ensure that Arsenal left Anfield without being on the end of the sort of heavy defeat to which they’ve become accustomed over the last few years.
“We were full of power, energy and greed, passion – all what you need to have against a good team like Arsenal,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“We were surprised by the system they played and we adapted pretty well to that.
“We were a bit too greedy and didn’t split the runs a bit, which we talked about, but overall we were really in charge of the game.
“We should have kept the ball better because they did not attack us really.
“But we are not Disneyland so that we have to excite everybody in each second of the game. It was intense, and yes our decision-making could be better.
“The boys, though, did what we wanted them to do, and scored wonderful goals.
“The work rate of the boys was just exceptional. Our identity is intensity and that is how the boys showed up today.”
Arsenal, though, looked more dogged than they have done here in previous seasons and Pepe undoubtedly troubled Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson in the first-half.
The gap in class may have been visible but there was enough here to suggest that the Gunners are on the right track as they look to address several years of degradation both on and off the pitch.
/Stewart Sports news editor