LIVERPOOL: Liverpool extended their perfect start to the English Premier League (EPL) season as Mohamed Salah inspired an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers made it three successive victories thanks to Joel Matip’s opener and a brace from Salah, one a stunning solo effort.
Liverpool sit at the top of the Premier League with the last 100% record, three points clear of Arsenal, who saw their two-match winning streak ruined by a fatal combination of sloppy defending and poor finishing at Anfield.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be furious that Reds defender Matip was able to head home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 41st-minute corner.
And Arsenal were guilty of another needless error four minutes after half-time when former Chelsea defender David Luiz tugged at Salah, conceding a penalty that the Egypt forward drove home for his second goal of the season.
Salah put talk of Arsenal’s revival in perspective when he accelerated away from Luiz and Nacho Monreal before finishing off a superb solo strike in the 59th minute.
Lucas Torreira got one back in the 85th minute, but it was too late for an Arsenal escape act.
“We were full of power, energy and greed, passion, all what you need to have against a good team like Arsenal,” Klopp said.
“We were a bit too greedy and didn’t split the runs a bit, which we talked about, but overall we were really in charge of the game.”
Klopp saluted Salah’s “amazing” solo strike.
“Mo’s third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational. Our identity is intensity, and we showed that today,” Reds boss Klopp said.
“We had enough bodies and legs to put them under pressure. We had the full-backs really high. The boys did what we wanted them to do and scored wonderful goals.
“It was a brilliant game from my side so early in the season. It was outstanding.”
Klopp admitted he was impressed with the way title challengers Liverpool dominated for long periods against an Arsenal team who arrived on Merseyside with two wins from their first two matches.
“The last 10 minutes I saw the possession – 53 to 47 or something like that – but over 80 minutes it must have been completely different,” he added.
“For 80 minutes we were completely in charge of the game. We are not Disneyland, we do not need to excite everyone in every second.”