Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Mo Salah’s brace inspired Liverpool as they piled yet more Anfield misery on Arsenal.
The Gunners had conceded 20 goals in six games against Liverpool prior to this clash and things didn’t get any better for Unai Emery’s men despite a competent first half showing.
Joel Matip’s header on the stroke of half-time broke the deadlock and Salah was on hand with a quick brace before the hour-mark as Liverpool took firm control.
Arsenal will be left rueing the chances that went begging with the game scoreless in the opening half.
A mix-up in the Liverpool rearguard allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a chance to loft the ball goalwards with goalkeeper Adrian stranded, but his shot went the wrong side of the upright.
Nicolas Pepe then curled a terrific shot inches wide from 18-yards before the Arsenal new-boy wasted a glorious chance.
From a Liverpool corner, Arsenal countered rapidly and Pepe dribbled past Andy Robertson only to shoot tamely at Adrian.
Salah went close at the other end with a curling shot of his own but it looked as though Arsenal would emerge unscathed from the first 45 minutes.
Four minutes from the interval, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the left was headed home by Matip, seemingly forgotten as Arsenal swarmed around Virgil van Dijk instead.
Early in the second half, David Luiz needlessly tugged Salah’s jersey in the box and the Reds forward powered home a near-perfect penalty kick to the top corner.
On 59 minutes, Salah was at his brilliant best, controlling a pass with his back to goal before spinning around Luiz and darting towards the Arsenal box before slotting low across Bernd Leno into the corner to all but secure the points.
Substitute Lucas Torreira did pull one back for the visiting side with six minutes remaining, following good work from Aubameyang, but it was too little too late for Arsenal in their latest chastening Merseyside experience.