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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

The first half hour of the game last night was what could be best described as 'bitty'. There were half-chances for both sides and some sloppy passing from both sides.


Then Jurgen Klopp's Reds struck home from a corner and a slightly deserved lead became a veritable death knell for Arsenal.


Liverpool had finally grasped control of the game and worked up through a few more gears and the away team just couldn't cope.


Further goals from Mo Salah from the penalty spot and a wonderful goal of the season contender which sent Arsenal's new signing David Luiz out for the paper finished them off.


The home side stormed further ahead at the top of the league, remaining the only team in the top flight with a 100% record this season.


That won't change and the Reds will stay top regardless of what happens for the rest of this weekend, before a tricky trip to Burnley next Saturday night.


Adrian - The 32 year old faced 3 shot on target all night and dealt with them relatively easily. Arsenal rarely tested him but he was equal to anything they had to offer up. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - The young right back was finally approaching his top level last night, as he delivered cross after cross. The quality wasn't always there but eventually he struck gold and delivered a beauty for Matip to head past Leno for the opening goal. 7


Joel Matip - You really have to wonder what Jurgen Klopp was thinking in starting Joe Gomez in the first couple of games of this season, when Matip is still head and shoulders above him. Was imperious against Arsenal and capped it off with the opener. Our joint second top scorer this season. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Whilst Matip has been playing at a level, from him, we'd not yet seen until the last 12 months, Van Dijk just purrs like a classic, expensive sports car. He just seems to get better. He's been a bit dodgy once or twice so far this season, and we'll never hear the end of 'Pepe dribbled past him' but in reality Pepe didn't get a sniff all night. 8


Andy Robertson - Much like his counterpart on the right, Andy was almost back to his best as his fizzing crosses from the left seemed to catch the away team off-guard on a regular basis. Had a few shots himself as he seemed to be allowed a license to shoot. 7


Fabinho - The magnificent Brazilian destroyer ran the midfield with ease, but it's all we've come to expect from the midfielder. Especially when he's up against lesser mortals. Comfortably dealt with Xhaka, Torreira & Willock as he ran the show from deep in his own half, and often deep into Arsenal's too. First choice midfielder now, not doubt about it. 8


Jordan Henderson - The captain was actually superb against Arsenal, physically dominating one side of the midfield and swinging those deep, whipped balls of his into the box many times in the first half. Was good to see him supporting Trent regularly down the right. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Was a bit quieter but still an improved display from a player that has seemed to struggle early on this season. Would love to see him get forward more often with intent; we know he's more than capable of it. 7


Sadio Mane - A game where Sadio doesn't score? Simply bizarre! But he didn't need to as Bobby and Mo were at their best (or somewhere approaching that), allowing Mane one of his rare quieter days. He still terrorised Arsenal's left side though, never letting them settle. 7


Mo Salah - A big game comes along and Salah is suddenly in fine form, we can only hope this continues! A genuinely unstoppable penalty and a sumptuous, unstoppable run and goal and we are seeing Mo Salah approaching 100 goals contributions at Liverpool. He'll pass 100 goals overall by the end of the season and surely enter legendary status. 9 Man of the Match


Roberto Firmino - Whilst Mo may have scored the goals, most of that is owed to Firmino. Maybe not for his second goal, which was all Salah, but Firmino's lay off led to the penalty and his intelligent movement often puts the opposition on the back foot, allowing Mo Salah time and space to run at teams. Great display and Bobby is back to his best now. 8



Subs:


James Milner - Came on for the tiring Wijnaldum and ran about. A lot. 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - A late sub and still looks very, very rusty. A firing AOC would make all the difference to a non-goal scoring midfield so hopefully we'll see that soon. 6


Adam Lallana - Like a combination of the first two, Lallana is willing, ran about loads but looks rusty through lack of game time. Stay fit, he'll get his chances. N/A



 
 

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