Barclays Premier League
5 - 1

Liverpool v Arsenal

8 Feb 2014, KO: 12:45

Minute by minute

Post Thanks for following, YNWA
Post We'll be back on Wednesday with the lads at Fulham bringing live updates from Craven Cottage
Post That's it from our live coverage at Anfield today on a simply sensational afternoon for Liverpool, who ran out 5-1 winners over league leaders Arsenal
Post Rodgers: "We've had a number of great wins and a number of outstanding performances: Tottenham away was outstanding; Everton at home we were outstanding in a pressure game; we got the result against Manchester United and played reasonably well. Today, we were against a team that are very experienced and have led the league for a large part of the season. We shifted it about tactically today. We played Daniel Sturridge through the middle to try to exploit his speed centrally. Luis Suarez played in a wider role today and put in a selfless job. We switched Raheem Sterling over to the left side to penetrate out to in and to control Sagna a little bit. Overall, the players were tactically brilliant and you saw their appetite and hunger for the game. That was important for us."
Post Rodgers continued: "To play like that, not just the result, but the performance level was absolutely out of this world. I'm very pleased and it's another marker for us that we’re getting better and improving all the time."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "We were brilliant today. It was a wonderful performance in such a prestigious game between the two teams."
Post @Petermcdowall10: That was a privilege to watch. Jordan Henderson won't get many headlines but was absolutely faultless. Stunning display, enjoy your night!
Post Arsenal had 11, with six on target
Post Opta stats show Liverpool had 22 efforts at goal today, 12 of which were on target
Post Well, where do you begin to analyse that one?
93 Cissokho breaks into the box and fires across goal
90 Three minutes of added time to be played...
90 Liverpool deal with the danger
90 Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot deflects wide for a corner
87 Ibe cuts in from the left and shoots...over
86 Sterling goes through on goal and looks set to score, by Szczsney manages to get a block on his shot
85 Substitution: Iago Aspas for Luis Suarez:
84 Aspas being readied for LFC...
79 ...Flanagan heads it away
79 Arsenal have a corner...
76 Luis Suarez has taken the captain's armband
76 Substitution: Jordon Ibe for Steven Gerrard:
74 Henderson tees up Coutinho on the edge of the box. He drills straight into the arms of Szczesny
73 Arteta's low free-kick is destined for the bottom corner, but Mignolet makes a fine stop
72 Arsenal have a free-kick on the edge of the Liverpool box
69 Arteta nets from the spot
69 GOAL! Mikel Arteta:
68 Arsenal have a penalty after Gerrard brings down Oxlade-Chamberlain
67 Coutinho's incredible 45-yard pass sends Henderson speeding into the box. He tries a chipped effort that sails wide of the far post
66 Substitution: Joe Allen for Daniel Sturridge:
63 Suarez tries a quite ridiculous free-kick from distance that Szczesny needs to claw out of the top corner. Unlucky!
61 Wilshere curls one but Mignolet gathers
60 Substitution: Kieran Gibbs for Nacho Monreal:
60 Substitution: Tomas Rosicky for Mesut Ozil:
60 Substitution: Lukas Podolski for Olivier Giroud:
60 Triple change coming up for Arsenal...
59 First Booking: Jack Wilshere:
57 Oxlade-Chamberlain drives one at goal but it's easy for Mignolet
55 It's almost six as Gerrard's free-kick causes havoc in the Arsenal box, but Sterling can't convert at the back post
52 Sterling has his second of the game as Toure's pass over the top sends him through on goal. Szczesny blocks his first attempt, but the winger makes no mistake at the second time of asking
52 GOAL! Raheem Sterling:
49 Suarez sends a free-kick into the box that Sturridge tries to reach, but Arsenal get it away
48 Toure heads clear
47 Arsenal have a free-kick 25 yards from Mignolet's goal...Cazorla hits it...deflects off the wall...Arsenal corner
46 First Booking: Olivier Giroud:
46 First Booking: Jordan Henderson:
46 SECOND HALF: LFC get us up and running again
45 Sterling plays the ball into a dangerous area in the box for Sturridge, but Arsenal scramble it away
45 Suarez sends a dangerous-looking low ball across the box, but it's too far in front of Sturridge
45 Three minutes to be added on at the end of the first half...
41 Flanagan sends in a cross from the right, but it's too high for Suarez
37 Arsenal counter and Ozil tries to cross, but it's blocked by Flanagan
32 @1stLadyOfFooty: #LFC as remarkable off the ball as they are on it. Not allowing AFC a chance to settle, pressing & pushing for every loose ball. Masterclass
30 Sterling's cross is claimed by Szczesny
30 Sagna crosses into the box but Liverpool clear
27 @TonyBarretTimes: Liverpool's workrate has been sensational. Chasing every loose ball in twos and threes. Arsenal can hardly move.
26 Gerrard pumps a free-kick into the Arsenal box, but the Gunners manage to clear
22 Can you believe what we're witnessing here?
20 And it's now 4-0 with 20 minutes played! Coutinho's pass slices open Arsenal, sends Sturridge through on goal and...well, you know the rest by now
20 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
17 Wow. Just wow
16 This is absolutely unreal! Liverpool are now 3-0 up as Suarez raids down the right and plays a low ball across the ball, allowing Sterling to tap home
16 GOAL! Raheem Sterling:
15 A chance for Arsenal as Mertesacker meets Cazorla's corner with a glancing near-post header that just goes wide
13 Absolutely incredible scenes here at Anfield. Gerrard's corner falls for Suarez, who somehow conjures up a simply ridiculous volley from 25 yards. The effort crashes against the post with Szczesny beaten. The ball breaks for Toure, but he can only deflect it wide
13 Sterling gets in behind the Arsenal defence but Wilshere clears his dangerous centre behind for a corner
12 It's almost three as Suarez's delightful touch sends Sturridge through on goal, but his dink over Szczesny is just wide
10 Oh wow! Liverpool are two ahead inside 10 minutes as Skrtel ducks to loop Gerrard's corner into the top corner. Stunning start for the hosts!
10 GOAL! Martin Skrtel:
9 Sturridge releases Flanagan into space inside the box...the youngster's effort is smothered by Szczesny
9 @OptaJoe: 1 - Liverpool have scored inside the opening minute in a PL home game for the first time since December 1996 (Fowler vs M'boro). Wait.
8 Yet more crucial play from Skrtel who blocks on the line from Monreal after Mignolet's punch had cannoned off Flanagan into the path of the Arsenal man
6 @JamesPearceEcho: Secs after giving #LFC the lead, Skrtel makes vital tackle inside his own box to dispossess Giroud.Dream start for hosts, Anfield is rocking
4 Sturridge hits one from distance...Szczesny collects
2 Wow...what a start!
1 Liverpool are ahead inside 60 seconds at Anfield as Skrtel nudges home a free-kick from Gerrard at close range. Get in!
1 GOAL! Martin Skrtel:
1 KICK OFF: Arsenal get the game underway
Pre Anfield has just observed a minute of applause for former Liverpool striker Tony Hateley, who sadly passed away recently
Pre The teams are out on the pitch, YNWA is being sung by the Kop, and kick off is nearly upon us...
Pre Arsenal substitutes: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner.
Pre Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Moses, Aspas, Allen, Alberto.
Pre The Reds’ team in full is: Mignolet, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged line-up for Liverpool’s lunchtime meeting with Arsenal.
Pre @seanbrad2: Today has got 'Kolo Toure diving header late winner to atone for WBA error with muted celebration against old club' written all over it #LFC
Pre @clairerourke: Up and out Anfield bound!! Can't wait!! #lfc @lfctv
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Pre The Reds have scored 11 more goals than Arsenal in the Premier League this season, but the Gunners have conceded 21 to Liverpool's 29.
Pre Sturridge has found the net in 15 of his 19 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season. The No.15 has scored 14 league goals, his best tally in a Premier League campaign.
Pre Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have now fired 37 Premier League goals during 2013-14 in a combined total of just 35 appearances – the duo are chasing down the previous best pairing of Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler with 42.
Pre Gerrard added: “The fans don't kick the ball or win you games, as such, but they can certainly help you and I've experienced that hundreds of times at Anfield. This crowd is a one-off and when it does hit the high notes and get behind the team from start to finish, you can't deny that they do help push you over the line. We're hoping that is the case because they've got just an important part to play as any player.”
Pre “These games don't come much bigger,” said the No.8. “Being at home with our fans behind us and knowing what's at stake means it's going to be a similar atmosphere to Everton - and you saw how we performed against them. That is the standards we want to match, because if we do we'll get the three points.”
Pre Reds captain Steven Gerrard spoke exclusively to earlier this week, explaining the enormity of this fixture and how the supporters can again play a crucial role in deciding its outcome.
Pre @NeilMellor33: Huge game at Anfield today! A game with fond memories for me! I fancy Liverpool to respond to the disappointing performance at WBA. #homewin
Pre Confirmation of Rodgers’ starting XI will arrive on all of our digital media channels at around 11.45am GMT, with the official website and the Reds’ official Twitter account, @LFC, breaking the news first.
Pre Build-up will also begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, at 11.45am GMT – with pre-match interviews, analysis and team news delivered directly from the stadium in L4.
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Pre To do so, they’ll need to improve on their performance from the last meeting between the two teams; Liverpool were defeated 2-0 when they journeyed to North London last November.
Pre Brendan Rodgers’ side start the day eight points behind the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League, but could close the gap and strengthen their hold on fourth place with a victory today.
Pre Welcome to the match centre for one of the biggest games of the season so far! The Reds welcome table-toppers Arsenal to Anfield for a 12.45pm GMT kick-off on Saturday.