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Liverpool put in a scintillating display to thrash a woeful Arsenal at Anfield.
Joe Gomez crossed for Roberto Firmino to head home and the scorer set up Sadio Mane, who cut in from the left and curled home their second goal.
Mohamed Salah scored a third after dispossessing Hector Bellerin 70 yards from goal before sprinting half of the pitch unmarked to slot home.
Salah then crossed for substitute Daniel Sturridge to head a fourth.
Both managers made surprise team selections – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez started for the first time this season, with record signing Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench.
The Gunners, who played a three-man central defence, were cut open at will and could have lost by more.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, with Loris Karius making his first appearance since January. The German almost played himself into trouble on several occasions but did not have a single save to make.
Analysis – where are the leaders?
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Robbie Savage at Anfield:
Liverpool haven’t beaten Arsenal, they have destroyed them. Thumped them. Torn them apart.
It doesn’t matter what formation you play or your tactics, it’s also about desire and winning second balls. I don’t think enough Arsenal players want to play that kind of football.
Where are the leaders on the park for Arsenal, getting the likes of Xhaka and Monreal by the scruff of the neck and demanding to know what they are doing?
If I was an Arsenal fan I’d want to see my manager. Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould are simply sitting there doing nothing. Get out there and give your team a rollocking.
Talk about body language! Think of the Arsenal teams of the past – leaders like Adams, Keown and Bould.
That was one of Liverpool’s very best performances in a number of years. The midfield controlled the game with the pace and power of Wijnaldum, Can and Henderson combined with the pace of the attacking threat of Salah, Firmino and Mane.
It was almost perfect as a performance and it could easily have been more.
More to follow.
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