Liverpool maintains 100% record with Salah brace

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Mohammed Salah brace gives Liverpool 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield

Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season and moved three points clear at the top of the table with, a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield.

Fabinho and Jordan Henderson returned to the Liverpool line-up to face Arsenal, replacing James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal brought in Nicolas Pepe for his first start with Alexandre Lacazette dropping out. Granit Xhaka also came in for Reiss Nelson.

In a match that pitted first against second, the Gunners had their chances in the first half with Nicolas Pepe, on full debut, spurning a one-on-one chance with the score still goalless.

But while Unai Emery’s team were a threat on the counter-attack, the visitors invited pressure from the outset as they attempted to play out through Liverpool’s pressing.

Joel Matip towering above Arsenal defenders to score header

Jurgen Klopp’s side swamped the visitors from the kick-off but had no clear-cut chances, until Joel Matip’s header late in the first half – from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner — gave the home side the lead.

The result was still in the balance at the break but that changed when David Luiz pulled Mohamed Salah back, to prevent him latching onto Roberto Firmino’s clever through-ball. PENALTY!

Salah converted from the penalty spot after winning the penalty himself, giving the hosts a commanding lead.

Mohamed Salah scores from the penalty spot

Salah’s finish from the spot was emphatic, but it was nowhere near as spectacular as his second that extended Liverpool’s lead just before the hour mark.

The Egypt international skipped clear of David Luiz in the right channel and powered through on goal, before tucking the ball into the far corner of Bernd Leno’s net with his famed left foot.

From that point onwards, it was about damage limitation for Arsenal as Liverpool went in search of repeating the five-goal haul that they achieved in this fixture last season.

Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira was able to tuck one away with five minutes to go to restore some pride, but this was Liverpool’s day.

Liverpool will now go to Burnley on Saturday, while Arsenal host rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.

Other Premier League results

Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Southampton
Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace
Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City
Watford 1-3 West Ham United

 

Chidi Nwoke.