Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1
Matip 41, Salah 49, pen 58 Torreira 85

Liverpool handed Arsenal a reality check with with a 3-1 win at Anfield. The Gunners had started the Premier League season with two wins out of two, as had their hosts, but the gulf in class of personnel between the two sides ensured that Mohamed Salah’s brace and Joel Matip’s headed opener just before the break would mean that the Reds maintained their 100 per cent winning record. Arsenal did get on the score-sheet late on in the second half when substitute Lucas Torreira beat Adrian from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s assist.

But by then, the Gunners were left wondering what might have transpired had their summer arrival Nicolas Pepe slotted home when one on one with Adrian or when Aubameyang lobbed from range after Adrian came rushing off his line. Both chances came when the score was 0-0, however the difference in finishing meant that Arsenal left Anfield with another defeat.

Unai Emery elected to play with a midfield diamond to stifle the Reds dominance in that area. As a tactic it was unusual and one which he hadn’t deployed in his time at the Emirates. The only problem with that is that you cede possession in open spaces out wide, and when there are the twin wing menace of Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson to worry about, the crosses would be a problem at the heart of an Arsenal defence where David Luiz partnered Sokratis.

The Gunners had had their share of luck and especially when trying to play out from the back. Liverpool pressed them high up and almost capitalised when Sadio Mane intercepted Dani Ceballos’s cross attempted cross field pass. Bernd Leno had to make the save. Deep in the first half however, Liverpool did take the lead. Alexander Arnold’s corner was headed in by Matip. With all the attention on Virgil van Dijk, Matip rose to power in his header beyond Leno.

Emery would have implored his side to remain focussed for the early exchanges of the second half, so why Luiz chose to pull Salah’s shirt as he went for a return pass would have been a big frustration for the Gunners head coach and the sizeable contingent of travelling Arsenal fans. A penalty was awarded and up stepped Salah to fire past Leno into the top left hand of the goal.

With Luiz now on a yellow card, he was unable to get anything on Salah as he again collected the ball out on the right as Liverpool continued their domination. The Egyptian skipped past Luiz to then hared in on Leno to strike low for the Reds’ third goal of the afternoon.

Ceballos wasn’t having a particularly good game and an Arsenal without the ball is not going to be his strength. Having shone in the 2-1 win against Burnley at the Emirates last week, Ceballos made way for the gritty Torreira.

When Alexandre Lacazette came on for the last ten minutes, there seemed to be more snap about the Gunners. Torreira scoring with six minutes left would prove to be a mere consolation on a day when Liverpool proved that Emery, although has a talented side on his hands, still needs work to do if the Gunners are to remain in and around the Premier League’s summit.