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Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah struck twice as the Reds 3-1 triumph over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

Coming into this matchday, only two teams had a 100 % record in the Premier League so far, with two wins from two games.

Liverpool defeated Norwich on opening day, before beating Southampton on the road last week. Arsenal, on the other hand, started with a 1-0 defeat on the road at Newcastle before beating Burnley at the Emirates last week.

In the first half, Liverpool dominated the possession but wasn’t clinical. Dani Ceballos’ sloppy pass fell kindly for Mane, who hit that straight towards Leno.

Arsenal, however, also had some great chances to take the lead in the first half. Although, it was the home side who took the lead, minutes before the break.

Four minutes before the break, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s viciously driven corner was headed home by Joel Matip.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the 48th minute after David Luiz appeared to have pulled back Mohammed Salah.

Salah, after winning the spot-kick, stepped up and dispatched it calmly past Berd Leno to make it 2-0.

Luiz, signed in the summer from Chelsea, was at fault again after he failed to contain Salah. 

Salah wrongfooted Luiz, before driving towards the goal and slot the ball past the goalkeeper to grab his second and Liverpool’s third. 

However, Arsenal did manage to get one back, although it was a mere consolation. Substitute Lucas Torreira scored 5 minutes from time to make it 3-1, as Liverpool’s defence failed to clear their lines.

Liverpool extends unbeaten home record

Since the start of last season, Anfield has been a fortress for Liverpool. The Reds haven’t lost a game since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, back in March 2018. Since then, Jurgen Klopp’s men have played 49 games and are yet to taste defeat.

Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League era to have had a better unbeaten home record. The Blues went unbeaten for 86 games between 2004-2008. 

On the other hand, Arsenal’s Anfield hoodoo continues after defeat for a fourth straight season. Arsenal’s last victory at Anfield came back in the 2012/13 season when Podolski and Cazorla scored in a 2-0 win.

Club’s record signing Nicholas Pepe was a ray of hope for the Gunners. However, he is yet to score for the team he joined in the summer.

He had a great chance in the first half when he was played on clear towards the goal. The Ivorian, however, hit it straight at Adrian, who was already prone.

Next week, Liverpool will travel to face Burnley at the Turf Moor, while Arsenal will face Tottenham Hotspur, at the Emirates in a North-London derby.

Spurs will be in action today, as they entertain Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


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