Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1 EPL post-match report – Monday, September 28, 2020

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EPL post-match report – Monday, September 28, 2020

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1 – Anfield

Arsenal squander chances as they go down to dominant Liverpool

Champions Liverpool recovered from being a goal down to beat Arsenal 3-1 in a Premier League clash at Anfield on Monday night.

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Liverpool were dominant from the beginning as the hosts applied constant pressure on the Arsenal goal.

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David Luiz scrambled out a probing Virgil van Dijk header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold's deep cross and a short while later the young right-back picked out Sadio Mane, but the latter's sweeping shot went straight to Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.

Alexander-Arnold could have got the opening goal for the hosts with only 21 minutes of play gone but his drive from the edge of the box deflected off Hector Bellerin and hit the woodwork.

The Gunners coming on the back of wins in their two opening fixtures went into the lead against the run of play when Alexandre Lacazette pounced in on a poor clearance by Andrew Robertson from a Pierre Aubameyang cross and beat Alisson to make it 1-0 in the 25th minute.

Liverpool were on level barely three minutes later with Sadio Mane swooping on a rebound off Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno from a Mohamed Salah shot.

Robertson made amends for his error when he trapped a well directed Alexander-Arnold cross with his chest and clipped his shot past Leno to make it 2-1 for the Reds in the 34th minute.

Lacazzete squandered a glorious opportunity to equalize when the Frenchman broke in solo into the area and in a one-on-one with Alisson ended up tamely shooting straight into the Brazilian custodian.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta made use of the interval to revive things for the London side and a change in attitude was evident with Lacazette going clean through on two occasions.

But he was found offside for the first and his finishing lacked imagination on the second occasion against a on-rushing Alisson.

Arsenal dug in and tried defending the 1-2 deficit but the Liverpool pressure finally told as Wolves import Diogo Jota controlled and volleyed in his first goal for the club to seal an emphatic win 2 minutes from the final whistle.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds moved to the second place with 9 points having won all their three EPL outings of the season so far and are behind top-placed Leicester City (also on 9 points) courtesy a slightly inferior goal-difference.

Arsenal are on the 5th spot with 6 points despite the Anfield loss.

Starting line-up for Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Subs: Milner, Jota, Minamino.

Starting line-up for Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Ceballos, Pepe, Nketiah.

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