PLAYER RATINGS: Diogo Jota was a menace and scored a superb goal but Nuno Tavares had a nightmare
Imperious Liverpool extended their Premier League home winning streak against Arsenal to six on Saturday with an impressive 4-0 victory that lifted them to second in the table.
Sadio Mane met a free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold to plant a header across Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for Liverpool’s opening goal in the 39th minute.
Ramsdale produced a string of spectacular saves to keep Jurgen Klopp’s strikers at bay but he could do nothing to stop Diogo Jota skipping past him in the 52nd minute after a dreadful misplaced pass from Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares.
Inevitably, Mohamed Salah got in on the act with a close-range volley from a Mane cross in the 73rd minute, before Takumi Minamino came off the bench to turn in a cross from Alexander-Arnold with his first touch in the 77th.
Sportsmail’s Ian Whittell rated the players.
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota showed his composure for the beautifully-taken second goal
Little to worry about in the first half, apart from a long-range Lokonga shot, and saved well with his legs from Aubameyang in the second.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
Was only denied a goal by a brilliant Ramsdale tip over but his delivery for the Mane goal was a thing of great beauty. Assisted for the fourth.
Joel Matip 6
Ciontinues to form a rock solid pairing at the back with van Dijk and had no trouble keeping Aubameyang under wraps.
Virgil van Dijk 7
His timing and positional play was faultless and carried his usual threat from set-pieces. Another of his weekly reminders of how much Liverpool missed him last season.
Konstantinos Tsimikas 6
Doing a very passable impression of Andy Robertson, particularly in defence. Lacks the galloping attacking play of the first choice left-back but nice deliveries from set-pieces.
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed against his former club
Thiago Alcantara 7
Wily old veteran consistently got the better of some Arsenal youngsters, picking Tomiyasu’s pocket and creating a chance for himself in the second half.
Booked for a foul on Smith Rowe but that was one of the few errors he made. Time and time again cropped up in the right place to break up Arsenal possession.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8
Looked fired up against his old club and did lots of good work, with and without the ball. Clearly fancied a goal and threatened with a couple of shots.
Mohamed Salah 7
As ever, buzzed around and created constant concern for the Gunners’ defence. One on-target effort was well saved in the first half and the right place at the right time for his goal.
Diogo Jota 9
Looked sharp in and around the area and certainly showed with with his composure for the beautifully-taken second goal. Also had a hand in the third.
Sadio Mane 7
Brilliantly taken goal and a couple of other very lively moments but was in inexplicably feisty mood and might have been sent off in the first half. Lucky not to her booked for the foul that started the touchline row.
Takumi Minamino for Jota 75mins – 7
Jordan Henderson for Oxlade-Chamberlain 76mins – 6