Liverpool preserves their perfect start to the Premier League season. Mohammed Salah adds two scores on top of Joel Matip’s first-half header in a fully dominated performance at Anfield.
The Reds have begun the season in a dream fashion after Man City’s slip against Tottenham. The club has turned up the heat early on the two-time defending champion.
“it was a brilliant game from my side so early in the season. It was an outstanding performance, full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need to have against a team like Arsenal.” Said Klopp.
The Gunners had their chances to score against Liverpool in their first-half especially when Nicolas Pepe had a straight shot at keeper Adrian after running clear.
Liverpool dominated the match when Matip placed them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander- Arnold corner. This was four minutes before the interval.
In the 49th minute, with hope Unai Emery’s manager was watching his side scale a recovery snuffed out when David Luiz needlessly tugged salah’s shirt back in the area. The moment did not seriously require intervention from the Video Assistant Referee.
Despite the protest from Luiz, Liverpool Egyptian drilled the penalty embarrassing Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.
Lucas Torreira, Arsenal’s substitute pulled one back late on. Need the less, nothing was getting into Liverpool’s 12th successive league celebrations.
Back to the old Routine
Liverpool had moments when they stumbled against Southampton, when their defense looked unusually fallible. Rather, this film we have seen many times before at Anfield under Klopp.
Arsenal has been suffered in recent seasons. Despite calculating their time to hit the top gear, Liverpool’s intensity proved too much for Arsenal. As they discovered, when you fail to take chance and punish Liverpool, the outcome is; you have to punish yourselves.
Unai Emery’s Words
“We were doing some transitions very well and we had some chances but, in the second half, the penalty was very soft.”
“After 2-0 our reaction was good. All we needed is to attack and take a different moment in the match. We are disappointed. we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic.”
“It needs to be improved in the possession and countering the pressure but Liverpool is the best team with this. We have to be realistic but we can fight closer to them.”
In a Nutshell
Last season, Liverpool missed out on the title by a single point despite a loss to champions Manchester City. Three wins from three have placed down the marker that they intend to go one better and claim the first title in 30 years.