A dominant first half set the tone for Liverpool on Monday, and it held on to a one-goal lead through the rest of the match until the 87th minute, when the Reds added insurance.
With the Round 3 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, Liverpool remains perfect in the Premier League season at 3-0.
Sadio Mané, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota all scored to give their team the advantage, responding well and rapidly to the Gunner’s opening goal of the game.
Goaltender Alisson made four stops in net, and Liverpool moves up to second place in the standings thanks to the late-game goal that helped chip away at Leicester City’s league-best goal differential (eight).
Jürgen Klopp was not having Roy Keane's characterization of Liverpool's performance against Arsenal (via @SkySportsPL)pic.twitter.com/7OucOpWGEG— Yahoo Soccer (@FCYahoo) September 28, 2020
Arsenal struck first in the 25th minute when Robinson’s poor first touch fell in front of Alexandre Lacazette who buried it from five yards away.
Lacazette pounces on Robertson's mistake! pic.twitter.com/5IKrsSiyul— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 28, 2020
Sadio Mané responded less than three minutes later for Liverpool to even things up. Mo Salah had an impressive run bent around the left corner of the box to get a shot off, but it was deflected off goalie Bernd Leno.
Mane perfectly followed up the play, volleying in the go-ahead goal.
OH MANE! He just keeps on scoring pic.twitter.com/gBOZae1eSh— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 28, 2020
Robertson’s mistouch cost Liverpool a goal early in the fixture, but he made up for the mistake in the 34th minute to give his team a 2-1 lead.
TAA Robertson This link up is so special pic.twitter.com/UiWtf8S2EZ— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 28, 2020
The Reds closed out a dominant first half outshooting the Gunners 11-1 and owning 68.9 percent of possessions.
Shots: 11-1Touches in the opp. box: 13-2A dominant first half from Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/7NYMdUoKqe— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 28, 2020
The scoring slowed down in the second half, though. But not entirely.
Diego Jota came into the game for Mané, who was playing aggressively even after an early yellow card. But Jota made an impact in the 88th minute, gaining control of a deflected cross at the top of the box and perfectly placing it inside the left post.
Jota's debut goal secures the three points for Liverpool pic.twitter.com/ZohJg1ngd5— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 28, 2020
14.08.2016: Sadio Mané scores against Arsenal in his Premier League debut for Liverpool.28.09.2020: Diogo Jota scores against Arsenal in his Premier League debut for Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/mzcvGdkb0a— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 28, 2020
A special moment pic.twitter.com/WXSnS8XcXN— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 28, 2020
It’s a quick turnaround before these clubs face each other again. On Thursday, Oct. 1 they face off in the Round of 16 for the Carabao Cup.
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