Liverpool v Arsenal (2019-20)
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Liverpool v Arsenal
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateSaturday 24 August 2019
VenueAnfield, Liverpool
Man of the MatchMohamed Salah
RefereeAnthony Taylor
Weather27 °C (81 °F)
Liverpool - Southampton
Arsenal - Burnley
Liverpool - Burnley
Arsenal - Spurs

Liverpool v Arsenal was a match which took place at the Anfield on Saturday 24 August 2019.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side "do not need to excite everyone in every second" after a comfortable victory over Arsenal maintained their place at the top of the Premier League.

The Reds also preserved their 100% start to the Premier League season as Mohamed Salah scored twice to add to Joel Matip's first-half header in a dominant performance at Anfield.

"It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need against a team like Arsenal." Klopp told Sky Sports.

"The last 10 minutes I saw the possession - 53 to 47% or something like that - but over 80 minutes it must have been completely different. We were completely in charge of the game.

The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to win their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear.

Liverpool took control when Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner four minutes before the interval.

And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Salah back in the area.

Liverpool's Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.

Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool's 12th successive league victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.

Liverpool had moments when they stuttered against Southampton and their defence has looked unusually fallible - but this was a movie we have seen many times before at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.

Arsenal have suffered badly here in recent seasons, losing 5-1 last season and 4-0 in Arsene Wenger's final season. Once again, despite taking their time to hit top gear, Liverpool's ruthlessness and intensity simply proved too much for Arsenal.

True, they gratefully accepted Luiz's gifts but once Matip put Liverpool ahead the pressure and intensity applied to Arsenal was simply too much for the Gunners to resist.

And, as Arsenal discovered, when you fail to take chances to punish Liverpool, the inevitable outcome is that you will be punished yourselves.

Liverpool do not simply have a prodigious work ethic that makes life permanently uncomfortable for opponents; they also have world-class attacking options as illustrated by Salah's brilliant weaving run and slide-rule finish for their third.

Klopp's side missed out on the title by a single point despite only one loss, to champions Manchester City, last season - and three wins from three has quickly put the marker down that they intend to go one better and claim that first title in 30 years.

Luiz has a track record of success that suggests he may be able to bring moments of quality to Arsenal's defence after his surprise £8m move from Chelsea - but there is no escaping he has the enduring capability to be a complete liability.

The Brazilian, at 32, is not going to change and so it proved as he delivered a moment of crass stupidity that killed stone dead Arsenal's hopes of taking anything away from Anfield.

It is a stretch to say Arsenal had Liverpool on the ropes but, despite the overall domination of the European champions, the Gunners certainly had moments of threat through the pace and menace of Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They would have started the second half with hope.



24 August 2019
17:30 GMT
Liverpool Liverpool FC 3–1 Arsenal FC Arsenal Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 53,298
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Matip Soccerball 41'
Salah Soccerball 49' (Pen)58'
Torreira Soccerball 85'
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66Trent Alexander-Arnold
04Virgil van Dijk
32Joël Matip
26Andrew Robertson
14Jordan Henderson
03FabinhoYellow card
05Georginio WijnaldumSub off 69'
11Mohamed Salah
09Roberto FirminoSub off 86'
10Sadio ManéSub off 77'
07James MilnerSub on 69'
12Joe Gomez
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainSub on 77'
20Adam LallanaSub on 86'
23Xherdan Shaqiri
27Divock Origi
62Caoimhin Kelleher
Germany Jürgen Klopp
Liverpool v Arsenal 2019-20
01Bernd Leno
15Ainsley Maitland-Niles
23David LuizYellow card
05Sokratis Papastathopoulos
18Nacho Monreal
29Mattéo GuendouziSub off 86'
34Granit Xhaka
28Joe WillockSub off 81'
19Nicolas Pépé
14Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
08Dani CeballosSub off 61'
07Henrikh MkhitaryanSub on 86'
09Alexandre LacazetteSub on 81'
11Lucas TorreiraSub on 61'
21Calum Chambers
24Reiss Nelson
26Emiliano Martínez
31Sead Kolašinac
Flag of Spain Unai Emery

Man of the Match:
Mohamed Salah

Assistant referees:
Gary Beswick
Adam Nunn
Fourth official:
Jonathan Moss

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Liverpool Arsenal
Goals scored 31
Total shots 259
Shots on target 53
Ball possession 52%48%
Corner kicks 64
Fouls committed 85

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