Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Barry Glendenning on 24 August 2019

More from Klopp, who goes on to praise the incredible work rate of his players. “Our identity is intensity and that’s how we showed up today. I qwould have loved to have had a clean sheet today, but Arsenal is a quality side. They didn’t have that many chances. We were really in charge and won the game comfortably.”

Jurgen Klopp speaks: “I saw a brilliant game from my side so early in the season,” he says to Sky. “It was outstanding. It was a performance full of power, full of energy, full of greed, full of passion. We were a bit surprised by the system they played, but we adapted well to the diamond with switching the sides and constant crosses.”

Match report: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Paul Wilson was on hand to see another Liverpool masterclass as Arsenal were put to the sword for the fourth time in consecutive visits to Anfield.

Joel Matip speaks: “It was a tough game against a deep standing and a high quality team,” says the scorer of Liverpool’s first goal in an interview with Sky Sports. “If a team with these kind of players with such quality is standing on [the edge of] their box with eight players, it’s hard to break through.”

On the subject of Arsenal’s pacy attackers, he says it was really hard to defend against them on the counter-attack, because they’re such good players.

Full-time: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Anfield, where Liverpool have maintained their 100% record for this season with a win over Arsenal that could scarcely have been more emphatic until they took their foot off the gas. Joel Matip opened the scoring, before Mo Salah added two more. Lucas Torreira scored a late consolation for Arsenal, who were overwhelmed by a vastly superior team for long periods of this game.

Salah and Luiz at the final whistle.
Salah and Luiz at the final whistle. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters


90+3 min: Free-kick for Arsenal, about 30 yards from the Liverpool goal, almost dead centre. David Luiz tries his luck, but it’s not his day. He sends the ball high over the bar, into a jeering Kop.

90+1 min: Presumably they’re all exhausted, but I haven’t been hugely impressed by the manner in which Liverpool’s players have finished this game. There’s been a noticeably large and predictable drop in intensity, but they’ve let Arsenal get themselves back in the game by scoring one goal and then creating a scoring chance that went unconverted by Lacazette moments ago.

87 min: Crikey! Ainsley Maitland-Niles floats a cross to the far post, where Lacazette chests it down unmarked. With a better first touch, he’d have had a clear shooting opportunity with plenty of goal to aim at. With the ball at the byline, he pulls it behind him and then appeals for a penalty for - I think - a possible handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold. The chaps at VAR HQ aren’t inclined to throw him a bone. That could have made for a very interesting final few minutes.

86 min: Arsenal substitution: Matteo Guendouzi off, Henrikh Mkhitaryan on.

GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal (Torreira 84)

From a corner, the ball is worked to Lucas Torreira in the Liverpool penalty area. He gets the ball stuck under his feet under pressure from Jordan Henderson, eventually digs it out and stabs a shot from 10 yards into the bottom right-hand corner.

Torreira celebrates after scoring.
Torreira celebrates after scoring. Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP


82 min: Salah cuts in from the right again, before playing the ball to Roberto Firmino with his back to goal in the Arsenal penalty area. As he tries to turn, Xhaka dispossesses him and the Brazilian goes to ground. His appeals for a penalty fall on deaf ears and Anthony Taylor waves play on.

80 min: Arsenal attempt to salvage some pride, with Monreal lofting a ball towards Aubamayang in the penalty area. Liverpool clear. Arsenal substitution: Alexandre Lacazette on for Joe Willock. He takes a central position up front, with Nicolas Pepe to his right and Aubamayang to his left.

77 min: Liverpool substitution: a beaming Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on, Sadio Mane off. And why wouldn’t the Ox be smiling? His team is 3-0 up and he signed a new extended deal during the week.

75 min: Nicolas Pepe sends a left-footed cross to Aubamayang, who was ghosting in towards the far post. Milner heads the ball out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

74 min: On their past four visits to Anfield, Arsenal have lost 5-1, 4-0 and 3-1. They’ve been dreadful on at least two of those occasions, but are actually playing reasonably well today. Liverpool are just much, much better than them. I’ll be surprised if there aren’t a couple of more Liverpool goals here, as Arsenal’s players look absolutely shattered and dead on their feet.

71 min: Jordan Henderson picks out Firmino with an excellent pass down the inside left. He curls a cross towards the far post, where Salah is waiting, but Arsenal clear their lines.

70 min: Salah sprints into the Liverpool penalty area from the right with the ball at his feet again. Instead of shooting, he attempts to square the ball for Mane at the far post and his pass is cut out by Sokratis.

70 min: Having come out for the second half, snarling and snapping like the hounds of hell as they went about Arsenal, Liverpool have calmed things down a notch.

69 min: Firmino tries to pick out Mane with a cross into the Arsenal box. It’s intercepted and headed clear. Liverpool substitution: James Milner on for Gini Wijnaldum.

67 min: Maitland-Niles and Pepe combine down the right, with the latter trying to pick out a Aubamayang with a cross. Adrian smothers the ball in a warm embrace.

65 min: Through on goal with Matteo Guendouzi all over him like a cheap suit, Mo Salah is flagged for offside. If he’d stayed on he’d have either scored or won another penalty.

64 min: Arsenal win a corner, then another after a Monreal header is put out by Alexander-Arnold. Nothing comes of it.

63 min: Arsenal substitution: Dani Cabellos, who has barely had a touch of the ball, makes way for Lucas Torreira.

62 min: Roberto Firmino tries a shot from the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, as Liverpool continue to overwhelm their opponents. Bernd Leno saves.

61 min: Signed to shore up the Arsenal defence, David Luiz is not having one of his better days. Having given away the penalty that led to Liverpool’s second, he allowed Salah to take possession and turn him out on the touchline for the third.

GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal (Salah 59)

Salah scores his second. He picks up the ball on the right flank, beating Luiz and Monreal in the process. Cutting inside, he bears down on goal and with options to his left he slots the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. It’s a very composed finish.

Salah slots the ball in for his second.
Salah slots the ball in for his second. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images


58 min: “You can see he’s a talent but this game is just passing him by,” adds Neville, talking about Dani Cebellos, who is doing nothing.

56 min: Firmino tries a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but it’s blocked. Moments later, Andy Robertson sends a cross to the far post from the left flank. Mo Salah beats his man, but heads over the bar. Arsenal are getting spanked here. “This Liverpool team is just destroying them,” declares Gary Neville, who is on co-comms alongside Martin Tyler on Sky Sports.

54 min: Sokratis goes to ground winded after throwing himself in front of a Trent Alexander-Arnold pile-driver. Referee Anthony Taylor graciously gives him a few seconds to catch his breath.

52 min: Bernd Leno is forced to rush out of his penalty area and hack the bvall clear after Nicolas Pepe was dispossessed in midfield and Liverpool galloped upfield on the counter in a four v two. Arsenal could get absolutely mauled here.

50 min: I’m a huge fan of David Luiz, but his reaction to being penalised for what was an obvious yank on Salah’s shirt was comical. He was caught, quite literally, red-handed with a fist full of his man’s scarlet shirt but still feigned innocence and was outraged at having a penalty awarded against him.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Arsenal (Salah 49pen)

Mo Salah doubles Liverpool’s lead, sending Bernd Leno the wrong way as he rifles the ball into the top left-hand corner. You won’t see a better penalty kick than that.

Salah scores the second from the spot.
Salah scores the second from the spot. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters


Penalty for Liverpool!

David Luiz is penalised and booked for pulling on the shirt of Mo Salah in the Arsenal penalty area as the Egyptian tried to get on the end of a wonderful Roberto Firmino pass.

David Luiz pulls the shirt of Mohamed Salah.
David Luiz pulls the shirt of Mohamed Salah. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images


46 min: Liverpool immediately go on the attack and Bernd Leno is forced into a smart save.

Second half: Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal

46 min: Arsenal get the ball rolling for the second half, playing into the Kop end. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

An email: “Genuine query from a suffering fan,” wrote Abhijato Sensarma, before Arsenal went behind. “Do you think Arsenal have a genuine chance of winning the EPL?” No, none whatsoever. Next!

Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal

Peep! Liverpool go in at the break with a one-goal lead, the all important strike a Joel Matip header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner on 41 minutes. Arsenal have been dominated, but not without chances - the pick of them coming when Nicolas Pepe found himself in a one-on-one with Adrian, only to come up short with a feeble shot straight at the goalkeeper.

45+2 min: Salah plays the ball to Mane in the Arsenal penalty area, continues his run and picks up the return pass. Under pressure from Guendouzi, he sends the ball wide from a tight angle.

45 min: Replays of the goal show that as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery was fizzing into the penalty area, Arsenal’s defenders were so worried about containing Virgil van Dijk, that they actually got in each other’s way. Grabbing the front of Dutchman’s shirt and refusing to let go, Sokratiss outstretched arm actually prevented Guendouzi from marking Matip, who jumped for a free header.

42 min: Well, you can’t say that wasn’t coming. Liverpool’s full-backs have been given licence to roam and even though it was from a se-piece, it was one of their crosses that helped the home side opened the scoring. Matteo Guendozi was caught napping as Joel Matip leapt to get on the end of Alexander-Arnold’s delivery and send a bullet header past Bernd Leno.

Matip celebrates.
Matip celebrates. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA


GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal (Matip 41)

Liverpool lead. Trent Alexander-Corner sends the ball into the mixer from a corner and Joel Matip heads home.

Joel Matip heads in the opening goal.
Joel Matip heads in the opening goal. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images


39 min: From a throw-in, Mo Salah rolls Granit Xhaka in the Liverpool penalty area before sending a low diagonal drive flashing inches wide of the far post.

38 min: Andy Robertson drops a good delivery towards Firmino at the far post, but David Luiz intervenes to avert the danger.

37 min: Liverpool free-kick about 35 yards from the Arsenal goal in a central position after a foul on Sadi Mane.

34 min: Play resumes, with nobody getting sent off and the crowd none the wiser as to what particular incident was being checked. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner is headed clear. Within seconds, Nicolas Pepe has robbed the ball from Jordan Henderson and is bearing down on the Liverpool penalty area. He gets the better of Andy Robertson, the only defender between him and Adrian, before striking a weak shot straight at the goalkeeper. That was the chance of the game so far.

33 min: Play is interrupted for a VAR intervention. I have no idea what is being checked, much like the players and the crowd. It’s a potential red card, apparently.


32 min: Robertson crosses from the left, trying to pick out Mo Salah. He’s crowded off the ball, which breaks to Alexander-Arnold on the right. He pulls it back to Jordan Henderson, whose first time shot takes a deflection on its way over the bar.

31 min: Pepe tries a shot from just outside the Liverpool penalty area, as Andy Robertson stands off him. He tries to curl the ball into the top corner, but it sails agonisingly wide. Good effort!

30 min: Bernd Leno leaps to pluck another Trent Alexander-Arnold cross from out on the right flank from the sky.

27 min: Arsenal enjoy some time on the ball, giving their already knackered midfielders a chance for a breather. They’re being run ragged by a dragging them from one side of the pitch to the other repeatedly, with the manner in which they’re constantly switching play.

25 min: Granit Xhaka hoofs the ball long for Pepe to chase after another bout of sustained Liverpool pressure. He’s unable to get to it and Liverpool resume possession. Moments previously, Sadio Mane tried a shot from distance, only to see his effort sail into the stand behind the goal.

22 min: Liverpool have three shots on the Arsenal goal in quick succession. None trouble Bernd Leno. On Sky, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are discussing the freedom of the park Arsenal are giving to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, saying “it’s what Arsenal want”, so their front two can get tight on Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. It seems a decidedly risky strategy to me, because it looks to be only a matter of time before Liverpool score.

20 min: A woeful Dani Cabellos pass across his own penalty area from the corner flag drops to the feet of Sadio Mane. He shoots low and hard, Bernd Leno saves and Cabellos waves a hand in apology to his team-mates.

Bernd Lenod dives to make the save from Sadio Mane.
Bernd Lenod dives to make the save from Sadio Mane. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images


17 min: Henderson switches play out to the left wing again during a sustained period of possession for Liverpool. Arsenal attack swiftly on the counter- however and Pepe tries his luck with a shot. Adrian saves his low drive.

15 min: Having weathered an early storm, Arsenal have shown signs of improvement. They’re playing l;ong balls up the left and right channels for Pepe and Aubamayang to chase and the pair are finding plenty of space to work in, what with Liverpool’s full-backs getting left high up the pitch.

11 min: Adrian gallops out of his penalty area to clear a through ball from Aubamayang to Pepe, who is being shepherded by Virgil van Dijk. He hacks the ball as far as Aubamayang, who tries to loft the ball into the recently vacated Liverpool goal. He doesn’t have the necessary accuracy and Liverpool’s goalkeeper gets away with his needless rush of blood to the head.

10 min: Andy Robertson receives a pass from Henderson in acres of space out on the left flank. His cross into the penalty area is headed clear.

8 min: Liverpool’s full-backs are getting the freedom of the Anfield flanks. Trent Alexander-Arnold gets a cross in, but his delivery is put out for a corner by David Luiz. From the ensuing corner, taken by young Trent, Gini Wijnaldum gets a shot off but it’s high over the bar.

7 min: Nicolas Pepe canters down the right flank on a counter-attack, but is dispossessed as he looks up to survey his options. As far as I can tell, Dani Ceballos has been tasked as playing as a No 10 behind a front two of Aubamayang and Pepe.

5 min: Arsenal are seriously under the cosh in these early stages, struggling to get the ball out of their own half under the intensity of Liverpool’s pressing. With Arsenal trying to keep the midfield area so narrow, Liverpool are switching play from wing to wing, where they’ve more space to operate.

3 min: Liverpool win a free-kick, wide on left. The ball’s floated into the penalty area and looks to be falling for Virgil van Dijk. David Luiz gets a touch on it to avert the danger.

2 min: Arsenal line up with a narrow midfield diamond and are immediately on the back foot. Liverpool switch play from right to left, where Andy Robertson gets on the ball. His low ball through the Arsenal penalty area only just evades the lunge of Roberto Firmino at the back post. Close!

Robertson’s cross just evades Roberto Firmino.
Robertson’s cross just evades Roberto Firmino. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images


Liverpool v Arsenal is go!!!

1 min: Liverpool kick off, playing into the Kop end in the first half at the request of Arsenal, who won the toss. Their players wear red shirts, shorts and socks. Arsenal are in navy, with luminous yellow trim.

Not long now: Jordan Henderson and Granit Xhaka lead the teams out on to the Anfield sward on a sunny summer’s evening on Merseyside. Both sets of players line up for the last of the pre-match niceties and kick-off is just a few minutes away.

Away days: We’ve had five away wins out of five fixtures played in the Premier League today, with Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Leicester and West Ham all triumphing on the road. Can Arsenal make it six out of six? Recent history suggests not, but we’ll find out soon enough if they can end Liverpool’s 41-match unbeaten streak at home.

Meanwhile over on Twitter: Arseblog – a man who knows far more about the Gunners than I do – reckons that Unai Emery may play a midfield diamond.

How will Arsenal line up? Only time will tell, as it’s a slightly perplexing selection by Unai Emery, who has picked three central midfielders (four if you include Dani Ceballos). My guess, which will almnost certainly be wrong, is that Granit Xhaka will play in the centre of midfield, with Joe Willock on the right and Matteo Guendouzi on the left. Up front, Dani Ceballos will play on the left of a front three, with Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang in the middle and Nicolas Pepe on the right. We’ll find out how completely wrong I am in just under 30 minutes.

Two changes on each side

Fabinho and Jordan Henderson come back into Liverpool’s midfield, with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making way. Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka start for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson dropping to the bench,

Liverpool v Arsenal line-ups

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Kelleher.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Pepe, Aubameyang, Ceballos.

Subs: Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Torreira, Chambers, Nelson, Martinez, Kolasinac.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor will be in charge of making rectangle signs with his fingers, pointing at his ear-piece and shrugging his shoulders during this afternoon’s match between Liverpool and Arsenal. Photograph: Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Unai Emery
Arsenal boss Unai Emery walks the pitch at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool v Arsenal
The Liverpool team bus arrives at Anfield ahead of this evening’s game. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Early team news: Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka are all in contention to start for Arsenal, but Unai Emery said yesterday that he would not decide on his line-up until this morning. If, as expected, Xhaka and Pepe start, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson will probably make way.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Adrian will continue between the sticks. Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita are both injured, but would almost certainly not have started anyway.

Premier League: Liverpool v Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Anfield without a win against Liverpool to their name in the past eight meetings of the sides. In the corresponding fixture last season, Unai Emery’s side were the victims of a 5-1 shellacking, their third consecutive defeat at Anfield. If they can prevail today, it will be their first win at Liverpool’s ground in seven years. Kick-off is at 5.30pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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