Liverpool are now the only Premier League team left with a 100% record, after Jurgen Klopp’s side brushed aside Arsenal 3-1 earlier today at Anfield.
While this was far from the kind of capitulation Arsenal have shown at Anfield in recent times, the gulf in class between the sides became evident the longer the game went on.
Here’s how the player’s rated…
Almost cost his side with a rash decision to come flying off his line early on, and it’s fair to say Liverpool fans will be hoping usual number one Alisson returns sooner rather than later.
Had the freedom of Anfield at times and notched an assist with a trademark high-quality set-piece delivery for the opener.
Solid defensively, carried the ball well out from the back, and put his side ahead with a fine header. A good day for the lanky defender.
van Dijk 7
Looked surprisingly hesitant when one on one with Pepe, but all in all another commanding display by the Dutchman.
A real threat going forward, but really struggled defensively against Pepe, which has been a real rarity in the Scotland captains Anfield career.
Liverpool’s skipper showed that he can be more than just a workhorse, spreading the play well on several occasions.
A really classy operator, the Brazilian broke up opposition attacks and used his intelligent passing to great effect.
Neat and tidy as always. Just never seems to lose the ball and his work-rate is top-notch.
Salah 8 (MOTM)
Smashed his penalty home and his second strike was a real demonstration of skill, pace, and composure.
Looked razor-sharp throughout, his touch in the build-up to Salah’s penalty was sublime, and at times, he was simply just taking the piss…
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His movement is always impressive, but the Senegalese attacker was outshone today by Messrs Firmino and Salah.
Ran around a lot and flew into a couple of meaty challenges, standard Milner really.
Could not be blamed for any of the goals and made a fair few decent stops.
A fine footballer, but just never convinces as a right-back.
David Luiz 5
A bad day for the Brazilian, who gave away the game-changing penalty and was then roasted by Salah for the third.
Always gives 100%, but struggled against Liverpool’s classy front three.
Competed well, although much like his teammates he just couldn’t live with the pace and skill of the home sides attack at times.
Not for the first time in a game against a top-six rival Guendouzi showed that he has both the character and ability to become a really top central midfield player.
Broke the press with some incisive passing early on, but faded as the game went on.
Worked hard, but the youngster looked a bit out of his depth for large parts.
The talented Spaniard quickly found out that Liverpool away is a different proposition to Burnley at the Emirates. Looked shell shocked by the pace of the game at times and was visibly exhausted mid-way through the first half.
He may have missed a crucial chance with the score still 0-0, but make no mistake this was a hugely encouraging performance by Arsenal’s record signing, who looked a real threat whenever he had the ball at his feet.
His pace and sharp movement caused Liverpool plenty of promise, although he seemed to slow to react when played through on goal during the second half.
His energy and added bite really helped his side after his introduction and scored a deserved consolation.