Liverpool punish Arsenal at Anfield

English Premier League

Liverpool put Arsenal to the sword with a 3-1 triumph at home in an English Premier League showdown  at Anfield on Saturday.

The high-flying Reds recalled Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, as Nicolas Pepe made his first start for Arsenal which issued Granit Xhaka his first run out too.

Liverpool went inches close to a second minute opener, but Roberto Firmino agonizingly missed Andrew Robertson’s ball into the area.

The big chance though fell to the Gunners 13 minutes in as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang shot inches wide of the post after poor defensive play from the Reds.

Arsenal pulled clear on 36 minutes with Pepe utilising Henderson’s doubtfulness to fire from the edge of the area, but Adrian smothered the danger.

Joel Matip outjumped Matteo Guendouzi to give the Reds a 41st minute lead following a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

Liverpool continued their domineering act in the second half, as Mohammed Salah tucked home a penalty 49 minutes in after being brought down by David Luiz.

Salah then knocked the ball past Luiz on 58 minutes to go face-to-face with Bernd Leno for an articulated finish past the German.

The contest was surely out of the Gunners reach, who responded with the introduction of Lucas Torreira three minutes later.

Liverpool went in search for more moments later through Firmino, but Leno denied the Brazilian with a near post block.

Torreira picked on a low square ball in the final five minutes to halve deficit with a first-time shot inside the six-yard area.

The win takes the Reds to a club record 12th successive league win and top of the table too, six points ahead of the chasing pack.