Liverpool would not have expected a game against Arsenal to have been quite so comfortable as it was, with the Reds blowing the Gunners away with an incredible display of attacking prowess.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring with a deft header from a superb cross from Joe Gomez, starting in place of the rested Trent Alexander-Arnold. Sadio Mane added a second before half-time, finishing off a rapid counter attack in style with a pinpoint finish at the far post.
Liverpool really ran riot in the second half though, with Mohamed Salah pouncing with a superb solo goal before substitute Daniel Sturridge added a fourth for the Reds.
Here are how the Reds’ players rated in their victory…
Loris Karius – 6
Nervous on the ball, Karius often spent too long dwelling on the ball and was twice caught in possession by Danny Welbeck, who was clearly instructed to close the German down as quickly as possible. Rarely called into making a save.
Joe Gomez – 8
Made some great deliveries as he bombed down the flank but looked a little more vulnerable defensively. Was occasionally caught out by the pace that Arsenal possessed on the flanks, though he was solid when he came face to face with any Arsenal attacker.
Joel Matip – 7
Clearly the leader at the back, Matip looked to play the ball around and always offer an option to Loris Karius when he was on the ball. Dominant in the air and it looked as though nothing was getting past the German.
Dejan Lovren – 7
Assured and marshaled the Arsenal attack confidently. His booking was perhaps a little needless, but he did his job well and was even composed in possession and with his positioning.
Alberto Moreno – 8
One of his best displays in a Liverpool shirt. Caught out with one slip of concentration but gave his all to get back in possession and regain possession. A threat going forwards and uncharacteristically resilient defensively. Improving with every game.
Emre Can – 9
Could have won the midfield battle single handedly. Put a foot in where necessary but was a key part of Liverpool’s attacking game, breaking forward to create a threat from out wide. He did superbly well to almost set up Mohamed Salah early on in a move which set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Jordan Henderson – 8
Pressed high with a huge impact, with one occasion gifting him a golden opportunity to score and he really should have done better with his finish. He worked tirelessly and produced his best performance of the season to date, clearing up at the base of midfield.
Georgino Wijnaldum – 9
Beautiful footwork in the middle of the park left both Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka dazed in a heap. He was a creative force spraying balls all over the pitch from deep and was happy enough to drop back deep to support the defence when others roamed forwards.
Mohamed Salah – 9
His pace and energy was simply too much for Arsenal to handle. Salah ran riot and found himself in a goalscoring position time and time again. Eventually, he put one away, producing a chance for himself as he pressed Hector Bellerin as the ball emerged from a corner and calmly placed the ball past Petr Cech after a 60 yard run. Beautifully set up Daniel Sturridge.
Roberto Firmino – 9
At the heart of everything Liverpool did going forwards. Arsenal didn’t know what to do when the Brazilian dropped deep or drifted wide, and he took his headed goal very well. Set up Sadio Mane to score the second and was involved in the build up to the fourth. The mastermind in Liverpool’s attack.
Sadio Mane – 9
Took his goal superbly to finish a brilliant counter attacking move, cutting inside and firing an unstoppable shot past Petr Cech. He nearly had another in similar circumstances too, and his pace burnt up the Arsenal defence.
Daniel Sturridge (for Mane, 74) – 8
Took his opportunity to get on the scoresheet. Mohamed Salah provided a fine cross but Sturridge’s intelligent run had to be finished off by a composed header.
James Milner (for Firmino, 80) – 7
Saw the game out and didn’t allow the Reds midfield to get carried away in the closing stages.
Marko Grujic (for Can, 83) – N/A
Great for the youngster to get some minutes under his belt.