The imperious Liverpool extended their Premier League home winning streak against Arsenal to six on Saturday with an easy 4-0 win that took them to second place in the table.
Sadio Mane found a perfect free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 39th minute to land a header on Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for Liverpool’s first goal.
Ramsdale produced a series of spectacular saves to keep Jurgen Klopp’s silky forwards at bay. But there was nothing he could do to prevent Diogo Jota from overtaking him in the 52nd minute after a terrible offside pass from Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares.
Inevitably, Mohamed Salah entered the act with a close-range volley from a Mane cross in the 73rd minute, before Takumi Minamino came off the bench to convert an Alexander-Arnold cross on his first touch in the 77th minute.
Ian Whittell of Sportsmail rated the players.
Little to worry about in the first half, aside from a long-range shot from Lokonga, and he saved well on Aubameyang’s legs in the second.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
He was only denied a goal by a brilliant Ramsdale capsize, but his delivery for Mane’s goal was something of great beauty. Attended for the fourth.
Joel Matip 6
Cion goes on to form a rock solid pairing in the back with van Dijk and had no trouble keeping Aubameyang a secret.
Virgil van Dijk 7
His timing and positional play was flawless and he carried his usual threat of set pieces. Another one of his weekly reminders of how much Liverpool missed him last season.
Konstantinos Tsimikas 6
Making a very acceptable impression of Andy Robertson, especially on defense. He lacks the galloping attacking game of the first-choice left-back, but good set pieces.
Thiago Alcantara 7
The crafty veteran consistently outscored some Arsenal youngsters, getting into Tomiyasu’s pocket and creating an opportunity for himself in the second half.
Cautioned for a foul on Smith Rowe, but that was one of the few mistakes he made. Again and again he emerged in the right place to break Arsenal’s possession.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8
He looked fired at his old club and did a great job, with and without the ball. He was clearly in the mood for a goal and was threatening a couple of shots.
Mohamed Salah 7
As always, it hummed and created a constant concern for the Gunners’ defense. An effort on goal was well saved in the first half and in the right place at the right time for his goal.
Diogo Jota 9
He looked strong in and around the area and certainly showed his composure for the beautifully scored second goal. He also participated in the third.
Sadio mane 7
Brilliantly scored goal and a couple of other very upbeat moments, but he was in an inexplicably feisty frame of mind and could have been sent off in the first half. Fortunately, she was not cautioned for the foul that started the touchline.
Takumi Minamino for Jota 75mins – 7
Jordan Henderson by Oxlade-Chamberlain 76mins – 6
Tyler Morton by Thiago 84mins
Substitutes (not used): Kelleher, Konate, Phillips, Gordon, Beck, Bradley.
Aaron Ramsdale 8
Just stunning in both halves, particularly when it flipped over with a vicious effort from Alexander-Arnold and a bang from Jota. There is no chance with the goals.
Takehiro Tomiyasu 5
Good battle with Mane on the right of Arsenal and received a foul from the Liverpool man at the flash point that caused the touchline between Klopp and Arteta.
White ben 6
Caught in possession early but lived to tell the tale and victim of a gross misconduct by Mane. The choice of Arsenal’s defenders.
He had no chance of tackling Jota for the second goal, but he looked uncomfortable before that with the pace and mobility of the forward trio unsettling him.
Nuno Tavares 4
He seemed the least comfortable of Arsenal’s defenders with the ball and proved it with his ghastly mistake by giving the second to Jota Liverpool.
Bukayo Saka 6
A couple of spirited early runs were promising, but as Arsenal became more and more locked in their own field, they saw less of the ball.
Thomas Partey 5
The midfielder was simply overtaken by Fabinho and Thiago commanding the engine room. He kept working hard but for a very beaten cause.
Albert Sambi Lokonga 6
He forced Alisson to make his only significant save in the first half with a long-range shot and made some major defensive contributions. Sacrificed while Arteta pursued the game.
Emile Smith Rowe 5
The fit Englishman was kept quiet by a combination of good defense and his team did not have enough possession.
Alexandre Lacazette 5
He saw every little bit of the ball, though he got a good chance from Aubameyang, and he didn’t seem too impressed when he was intercepted after 66 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6
He only had one chance to stand out, after 64 minutes, and could have done more with just Alisson to beat. He saw little of the ball other than that, although at least he kept fighting.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles for Lokonga 53mins – 5
Martin Odegaard for Lacazette 66mins – 5
Mohamed Elneny for Partey 84mind
Substitutes (not used): Leno, Tierney, Holding, Soares, Pepe, Martinelli.
Referee: M Oliver