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Liverpool thump hopeless Arsenal for four with emphatic display at Anfield

Liverpool recorded their fourth successive win in all competitions, while Arsenal slump to 16th in the Premier League table.

Mohamed Salah scored and assisted during the 4-0 win at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah scored and assisted during the 4-0 win at Anfield.
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LIVERPOOL HIT ARSENAL for four on Sunday evening in a pronounced victory at Anfield, with four different scorers emphasising the depth and range of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking talent.

The scoreline was resounding and only serves to mount further pressure on Arsene Wenger, who suffered his second Premier League defeat in three games at the start of the new campaign.

His side were buoyed by the return of both Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny to the starting XI, however looked aimless and hopelessly disorganised from the offset.

Liverpool took the lead after an action-packed 17 minutes when Roberto Firmino headed home Joe Gomez’s cross from the right. They doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Sadio Mane curled an outstanding effort into Petr Cech’s far corner.

It was Mane’s third Premier League goal in as many games and he, alongside Mohamed Salah, ran riot on an Arsenal back three littered with basic defensive errors and poor marking throughout.

Salah was named Man of the Match and managed his first goal at Anfield 12 minutes after the break to seal all three points after the Gunners showed signs of improvement after the interval.

Ironically Wenger’s side began the move with a corner of their own, before Salah broke with incredible speed on the break following a pinpoint pass from team-mate Mane.

The Egyptian winger ran from deep inside his own half before slotting the ball past Cech with confidence and ease, despite having team-mates flanking him on either side for an easy tap-in.

A horrendous night to forget was compounded for Arsenal when second-half substitute Daniel Sturridge scored less than three minutes after his introduction.

Salah turned provider with 77 minutes on the clock and, finding the England striker with a pinpoint cross curling dangerously towards the back post, saw Sturridge head home from three yards out to make it 4-0 and wrap up a resounding and, at times, effortless display from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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