Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday, August 24th to keep up their 100% start to the Premier League season. A first-half goal by Joel Matip was followed up by a second-half brace by Mo Salah to earn the European champions victory in Saturday's late kick-off.
Liverpool started strongly and almost took the lead just three minutes into the game. Andy Robertson's low cross was just inches away from being met by Roberto Firmino, AFP reported.
The Reds were putting a lot of pressure on the Arsenal defence but struggling to find the final ball as both Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold wasted opportunities from crossing positions.
Arsenal almost took the lead in the 12th minute as a mistake by goalkeeper Adrian led to the ball finding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who lobbed it wide of the goal. The Gunners looked dangerous on the counter-attack as Nicolas Pepe fired an effort straight at Adrian minutes later.
Liverpool kept a lot of possession, but Arsenal again broke on the counter-attack with Pepe clean through on goal.
He again shot straight at Adrian. Liverpool took the lead in the 40th minute. Alexander-Arnold's corner was met by Matip to put the Reds ahead. Another corner almost led to a second goal as Sadio Mane headed over the bar just before half-time.
Liverpool were given a penalty early in the second-half as David Luiz pulled Salah's shirt inside the area. Salah himself stepped and struck the penalty into the top right corner to double his side's lead.
The third goal came just before the hour mark, and it was Salah again. The Egyptian was just inside the Arsenal half when he collected a pass from Fabinho and sprinted past Luiz before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bernd Leno to put the game to bed.
Arsenal managed to get a late consolation when substitute Lucas Torreira fired in from inside the penalty area in the 84th minute. However, the goal failed to inspire a late comeback as Liverpool held on for the victory.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp commended his team's performance.
"A brilliant game from my side so early in the season," said Klopp. "Outstanding. A performance full of power, full of energy, full of greed, full of passion. That's what you need against such a good team like Arsenal."
The German coach picked out Salah's third goal for special praise. "Mo's third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational," added Klopp. "Our identity is intensity, and we showed that today."
Arsenal centre-back David Luiz said the game could have been very different had his side scored some of their early chances.
"Liverpool are doing amazing (things) during many years, but I think if we score first it could be another game."