- Firmino, Salah goal, assist each
- Mane scores beauty
- Lacazette doesn’t start
- Cech stars in loss
Liverpool is second in the Premier League table heading into the international break after embarrassing rivals Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
Arsenal started Alexis Sanchez but it made little difference as the Gunners lost their second in three to fall into 16th.
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Mohamed Salah showed some early wizardry that failed to find a receiver, and moments later Emre Can headed wide of the far post in a bright start for the hosts.
Petr Cech made a back post recovery to thwart Salah’s assumed goal. A better shot should’ve been proffered, but that hardly makes the save less outstanding.
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Sadio Mane’s electric left wing play earned a penalty shout one minute and a corner kick the next, the latter played short and handled by Arsenal.
That’s when Firmino made it 1-0, using his head to pound a cross off the ground and past a diving Cech.
Jordan Henderson couldn’t convert from an extremely tight angle with a chance to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute.
Salah forced Cech into another save in the 25th minute.
Mane then punished Rob Holding for given him time and space with a simply marvelous curling finish around Cech in the 40th minute.
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Arsenal’s first moments of the second half were promising, and Liverpool was more of a countering side when Salah was stopped by Cech before Henderson blazed over the bar.
Salah didn’t miss with his next chance, a 80-plus yard breakaway began by a cleared Arsenal corner. Hector Bellerin made an absolute mess of the ball, and Cech couldn’t low fast enough to swat away the ex-Roma man’s strike.
Sturridge added the fourth in the 78th on another counter attack, an unreal cross from Salah that the English striker barely had to stoop to meet.