Liverpool versus Arsenal – a fixture that rarely fails to deliver in terms of goals. Few would have expected such an emphatic thumping, however, as the Reds thrashed Unai Emery’s men 5-1.
Liverpool were a goal down at home within the first 12 minutes for the first time this season but reacted quickly. Two Firmino goals in quick succession put the hosts in front, and from there, they never looked back.
Bar the opening goal, the defenders were solid and hardly put a foot wrong. The front three were at their devastating best and the midfield were strong and composed.
Klopp’s relentless reds take a nine-point lead at the top of the table, and with a long way still to go, they are in a promising position to win the title for the first time in almost 30 years.
Alisson – 9.5
The bearded beauty had very little to do today apart from the opening goal. There was little he could do about it either as Roberston failed to mark his man on the opposite post. He was called into action early and made a diving save to his near post. He also launched an excellent ball up the field that led to the reds first penalty.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5
Another strong performance for the young scouser after recovering from his foot injury. He was beaten a couple times by Iwobi in the first-half but recovered well and made no major errors. Overall a strong performance to be proud of.
Dejan Lovren – 9.5
The lack of a clean sheet unfortunately prevents me giving him a 10 but he was solid in defence again. He didn’t put a foot wrong and complimented van Dijk nicely again. He kept level-headed through set pieces and earned his side a penalty in the second-half.
Virgil Van Dijk – 9.5
A leader’s performance from the captain. He commanded the pitch and sured up the backline. This also translated to the tunnel during half-time when Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Sokratis ended up in a tussle. The Dutchman came to Mo’s defence, separating the two players. Again, no clean sheet denies him the perfect 10.
Andy Robertson – 9
Roberston was every bit a “Klopp-type player”, running all over the pitch and was arguably the best player on the day. He was instrumental in defence and even played a Gerrardesque ball down the front, which lead to Mane’s goal. His part in Arsenal’s lone goal prevents him from a perfect rating.
Fabinho – 8.5
The Brazilian maestro wasn’t quite as good as we’ve been accustomed to seeing recently but by no means was he poor. He made a few sloppy passes early on but did his job well was impressive overall. He’s still slightly adjusting to the league’s intensity.
Gini Wijnaldum – 10
Another candidate for MOTM. A fantastic all-around performance, he bossed the midfield. From interceptions to tackles to playing the intelligent pass, he was excellent all game. Mr Consistent.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 10
Another positive performance from the Swiss “Power Cube”. He missed out on another goal or assist but looked dangerous everytime he received the ball. Shaqiri pressed well and played multiple impressive through balls. Perhaps the creative spark people have been craving.
Sadio Mane – 10
The Senegalese international beat his man consistently, looked incredibly sharp and linked up well with his fellow attacking teammates. He bagged a nice goal too, increasing his growing tally to 9 for the season. Big. Game. Player.
Mohamed Salah – 10
Did you expect anything else from the Egyptian King? He mocked the Arsenal defence on numerous occasions and assisted Mane with a clever touch in the box. Salah also got one for himself from the spot after winning the penalty.
He also selflessly allowed Bobby the chance for his first Liverpool hat-trick by giving him the second penalty kick of the game.
Bobby Firmino- 10
A perfect 10 for the perfect human with a cheeky first goal, messi-like second and composed third. Was his second the LFC goal of the season so far? Will definitely be up there. A deserved hat-trick and the Gooners will continue to have nightmares about him.
Jordan Henderson – 8
Replaced Sadio Mane in the 62nd minute. The skipper only played around half an hour so he didn’t make a huge stamp on the game, however, he also didn’t put a foot wrong.
Adam Lallana – N/A
Replaced Gini Wijnaldum in the 78th minute. Came on. Obviously pulled off a Cruyff turn or two.
Nathaniel Clyne – N/A
Replaced Andy Robertson in the 83rd minute. Did his job, top of the league too, which is all right.