Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Klopp’s men prove they’re still the team to beat/Gunners must focus on positives despite defeat

A superb 90 minutes of football this evening eventually saw Liverpool down Arsenal by 3 goals to 1.

Liverpool host Arsenal

The marquee fixture of Premier League gameweek 3 took place at Anfield a short time ago.

The champions welcomed Arsenal to Merseyside, for a highly-anticipated showdown.

Both sides headed into proceedings boasting perfect league records thus far, having bagged 6 points from their first two outings of the campaign.

It was also worth noting, meanwhile, that the Gunners had actually emerged victorious from their last two meetings with Liverpool, the latter of which came just last month in the Community Shield.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 29, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool too much

The opening 45 minutes this evening, however, saw Jurgen Klopp’s outfit remind fans, pundits and clubs alike of exactly why they proved so dominant en route to the Premier League title last season.

The Reds absolutely bossed proceedings, employing a devastating high press when not in possession, before moving the ball around with equal poise and intent when back in control.

Despite the brilliance of the hosts, however, they actually only headed into the break a solitary goal to the good.

This came with Arsenal having taken the lead in the clash, with 25 minutes on the clock.

After Andy Robertson horribly miscued his attempted clearance in the Liverpool box, Alexandre Lacazette was on hand to slot beyond the despairing Alisson.

The Gunners’ lead, though, lasted just 3 minutes.

Yet another slick Liverpool move down the right eventually saw Mo Salah dance around Kieran Tierney, with the Egyptian’s subsequent effort having been palmed across goal by Bernd Leno.

Sadio Mane, however, was on hand at the back post to slot home into an empty net.

And, less than 10 minutes after Arsenal had taken a shock lead, the scoreline was turned on its head.

The latest in a string of wonderful Trent Alexander-Arnold deliveries from the right eventually made its way to Andy Robertson on the far side.

And the Scottish international went on to fully redeem himself following his early mistake, slotting calmly over the onrushing Bernd Leno.

The early exchanges of the 2nd-half, on the other hand, saw the visitors, to their credit, begin to establish a foothold in proceedings.

The Gunners opted for a more aggressive, high-pressing approach of their own, which eventually resulted in a gilt-edged chance to level things up.

After Dani Ceballos slipped goalscorer Lacazette through with a pinpoint slide-rule pass, the Frenchman was left in a one-on-one position with Alisson.

Rather than take his effort around the Brazilian, or slide a low effort beyond the advancing Liverpool shot-stopper, though, ‘Laca’ only managed to direct a disappointing strike straight into Alisson’s body, as Arsenal’s route back into things went begging.

And, as the best sides always do, in the end, Liverpool went on to punish the north Londoners.

With just two minutes remaining, and less than 10 minutes after his introduction, Diogo Jota put the clash to bed.

After David Luiz’s poor header made its way to the Portuguese attacker on the edge of the Arsenal box, Jota took the ball under control, before slotting a wonderful effort into the bottom left-hand corner of Bernd Leno’s goal.

3 goals, and a deserved 3 points for the champions.

Reds rampant/Gunners gutsy

Looking back on a pulsating 90 minutes of action at Anfield this evening, there appears one major takeaway pertaining to both Liverpool and Arsenal.

When it comes to the former, Klopp’s men remain the best team in England, and, when firing on all cylinders, it is not even close.

There were points during the first-half tonight when Liverpool looked almost unplayable, as the Reds’ combination of relentless pressing and wonderful link-up play had the visitors chasing shadows.

Jota’s late strike made for a more accurate reflection of proceedings on Merseyside, as, Lacazette’s 2nd-half chance aside, Alisson did not have any real work to do in the home side’s goal.

All in all, Liverpool tonight put the rest of the Premier League on notice. If Manchester City, Chelsea and more continue to drop points in such alarming fashion, the title race could once again prove a short-lived one in the English top-flight over the season ahead.

From an Arsenal perspective, though, there are actually also plenty of positives to take away from their performance at Anfield.

Yes, the Gunners were outplayed, and beaten by a better team.

However, Liverpool’s early dominance this evening, if displayed over seasons past versus Arsenal, would likely have seen the champions run out to an unassailable first-half lead.

Not tonight, though. Not under Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard has instilled a seemingly unbreakable will and determination in this side, with the north Londoners no longer the soft touch of years gone by.

The fact of the matter is that, despite all of Liverpool’s dominance, Arsenal were in with a shot of taking something away from Monday’s matchup until two minutes from time.

One mistake, one moment of magic, and the capital giants would have been level.

The Gunners may have fallen to their first defeat since July this evening, but Arteta’s men should hold their heads high, as clear progress continues to be made.

A narrow defeat to one of world football’s best is, after all, nothing to be ashamed of.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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