Liverpool have an incredible track record against the sides in and around them this season in the top six, but few expected them to make such easy work of fourth-placed Arsenal before the game. In truth, they benefited from Arsene Wenger’s decision to drop Alexis Sanchez, but the Reds were clinical and made the difference count.
It took less than ten minutes for Roberto Firmino to pounce in the six-yard box to open the scoring, poking past a helpless Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal to open the scoring. The home side were back at their best with their attacking play, and Firmino was the man to set up Sadio Mane to score a second not long before half time.
Sanchez’s introduction just after the break turned the game, with Arsenal suddenly dominating in possession and chances, with Danny Welbeck making the most of the visitors’ best move of the game to dink the ball over the onrushing Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool defended uncharacteristically well, though, and held out for long enough to Georgino Wijnaldum to get onto the end of Divock Origi’s pass and fire into the bottom corner in injury time to seal the win for the home side much to the delight of the Kop behind the goal.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we can take from the game…