Jurgen Klopp’s men go into the first international break of the season unbeaten as they put on a show at Anfield against a pretty shambolic Arsenal side this weekend. The Gunners failed to test Loris Karius even once as Liverpool put four past them, two in each half, to move to the 2nd place in the points table.
Roberto Firmino started the scoring for the Reds as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and even Daniel Sturridge off the bench joined the party to register a 4-0 victory. Arsenal’s Petr Cech was their man of the match, as he saved his side from embarrassing numbers but here are the player ratings for the home side in this comfortable victory:
Loris Karius (5):
Took unnecessary risks throughout the game but was decisive with his handling and punching. Was hardly tested by Arsenal and collected an easy clean sheet.
Joe Gomez (6):
Exciting going forward but was caught out of position a number of times on the flank. Made a couple of excellent blocks on what was a productive evening.
Joel Matip (7):
A rock at the back for Liverpool, as he hardly put a foot wrong and got the better of Welbeck and then Giroud to help his side to a victory.
Dejan Lovren (6):
Was caught out high up the field on one occasion but was usually solid on a night where Arsenal failed to create enough chances.
Alberto Moreno (6):
Did no harm to his chances in the side as he put in a decent performance at both ends of the field, showing his natural energy throughout the game.
Jordan Henderson (7):
Picked up a booking unnecessarily early on but was the orchestrator from the deep, winning balls early and setting his side on a number of attacks, breaking through Arsenal’s defence.
Emre Can (8):
A stupendous first half where he should have got a goal, Can was one of the best players on the field in the game, creating chances and hurrying the visitors, dominating the middle of the park.
Georginio Wijnaldum (8):
Was unstoppable with his twists, turns and dribbles as he created quite a few chances and should have also got himself on the scoresheet to cap off an impressive display.
Mohamed Salah (9):
The best player for Liverpool on the night, Salah should have had a hat-trick but picked up an assist and a goal and was a constant thorn in the flesh for Arsenal.
Sadio Mane (8):
Was electric with his pace and scored a trademark goal to become the third Liverpool player to score in the first three opening games of the season.
Roberto Firmino (8):
Opened the scoring on the night and was a constant presence in the final third, creating problems for Arsenal’s back line, that was already unstable.
Daniel Sturridge (7):
Scored within 10 minutes of being subbed on and helped see off the game.
James Milner (6):
Came into the midfield to replace Firmino and almost created a clear cut chance for Sturridge late in the game.
Marko Grujic (6):
A late sub to run the clock down.