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Liverpool

Firmino (17)
Mane (40)
Salah (57)
Sturridge (77)

FT
4 - 0
Premier League
16:00 Sun 27th Aug 2017
Location: Anfield
Arsenal crest
Arsenal

16:00 Sun 27th Aug 2017
16:00 Sun 27th Aug 2017 Anfield

Liverpool v Arsenal: Live matchday blog

Liverpool recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Arsenal at Anfield thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Jürgen's verdict

So, how do you go about summing up a performance like that?

Click here to read how Jürgen Klopp did it in his post-match press conference.

The tale of today's game in Opta widgets...

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Full Time

Reds rout Gunners at Anfield

It's all over at Anfield and Liverpool claim a 4-0 win over Arsenal courtesy of an outstanding performance.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring, Sadio Mane grabbed a stunning solo goal, Mohamed Salah added a third and Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to complete the scoring.

A brilliant afternoon from the Reds, who sign off for the international break in style.

91

Salah finds space and prods towards goal. It needs Cech to tip it over.

90

Three minutes of added time to be played...

83

Substitution

Our final change - Can is off, Grujic is on.

80

Substitution

Firmino makes way for Milner to a thoroughly deserves standing ovation.

77

Goal

GOAL! DANIEL STURRIDGE!

And it's 4-0 to the Reds as Sturridge gets on the scoresheet just moments after entering the game.

Liverpool break forward at pace once again and Can feeds it wide to Salah. He looks up and crosses to the back post, where our No.15 arrives to nod in.

74

Substitution

Liverpool change - Mane off, Sturridge on.

73

Yellow Card

Holding booked for a late one on Henderson.

70

Chance

Mane gets to the ball inside the area ahead of Holding and drives goalwards. Cech blocks but the ball is heading over the line until Koscielny gets back to clear.

69

Arsenal chance as Giroud's header sets up fellow substitute Lacazette, but he scuffs his volley wide.

62

Substitution

Double change for the Gunners - Giroud and Lacazette on, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain off.

57

Goal

GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!

Liverpool finally have their third goal and this time there is no mistake from Salah.

The Reds clear a corner and our No.11 beats Bellerin to the ball, sending him through on goal from the half-way line.

Despite an incredible amount of time to think about it, Salah keeps his composure and slots low beyond Cech in the Kop-end goal.

55

Chance!

And it's a big chance as Salah takes it from Monreal and speeds through on goal. He's thwarted by a low stop from Cech and Henderson can't get the rebound on target

53

Salah swings in a free-kick from the left which Can meets but he can't turn it goalwards with his head.

49

Yellow Card

Ozil booked for a late one on Henderson.

46

Arsenal set about trying to get themselves back in the game, but a moment of temporary panic inside the LFC box results in Ozil shooting harmlessly wide from the edge of the area.

Kick-Off

We're back under way

Liverpool kick us off.

Substitution

Arsenal make a half-time change as Ramsey makes way for Coquelin.

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Liverpool: 1/16
Draw: 11/1
Arsenal: 28/1

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The story of the first half in numbers...

46

Half Time

Reds lead at the break

After an excellent first-half performance, Liverpool lead Arsenal 2-0 at the half-way stage thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

40

Goal

GOAL! SADIO MANE!

Liverpool have the second goal they so richly deserve - and it comes via a magnificent finish from Mane.

Gomez wins the ball back in the right-back area, plays it forward to Firmino in the centre. He sweeps it left to Mane, who holds up Holding before cutting beyond him and curling into the far corner.

Sublime. Simply sublime.

32

Mane lashes a volley goalwards from Wijnaldum's header down, but he's a yard or two off target.

27

Salah has the ball in the net but it's ruled out for an offside.

26

Get in, Bobby!

25

Salah glides away from Monreal down the right before cutting inside and shooting low. Cech manages to block and Holding thumps clear.

23

Yellow Card

Now Joe Gomez goes into the book for hauling down Ramsey.

22

Yellow Card

Welbeck sees yellow for a late challenge on Moreno as he attempted to clear the ball.

Lovren was also booked moments earlier for bringing down the Arsenal striker.

19

Chance!

It's oh so nearly 2-0 as Firmino slides Henderson through on goal, but his attempted dink over the onrushing Cech from an angle is heading wide before it's cleared to safety by Koscielny.

17

Goal

GOAL! ROBERTO FIRMINO!

After a commanding start, Liverpool take a deserved lead.

Good work down the left results in Gomez lifting a left-foot cross into the area, allowing Firmino to glance a header beyond Cech from 10 yards out.

Get in!

14

Mane goes down as he and Holding challenge for a ball forward. No penalty.

10

Chance

Liverpool carve Arsenal open with some sublime football that results in Can being played into space by Firmino and crossing low across the six-yard box for Salah; however, he's denied by a wonderful close-range save from Cech.

9

Can attempts to play in Salah with an outside-of-the-boot pass, but it's just a touch too far in front of him

7

Now Arsenal come forward and Sanchez slides a ball through for Welbeck, who hooks high over the crossbar under pressure from Gomez.

5

First chance of the game falls Liverpool's way.

Salah's ball to the back post can't find Mane, but the Reds retain possession and Moreno crosses back into the area, where Can heads wide.

Kick-Off

And we're off!

Arsenal start the game, Liverpool will attack the Anfield Road End in the first half. Come on you Reds!

Pre-match

A reminder of today's line-ups...

Pre-match

Mr Sadio Mane on pre-match media duty today...

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They're here

Some shots of the players arriving at Anfield.

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Jürgen Klopp has explained why Simon Mignolet isn't in Liverpool's squad today.

Click here to read more

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Alexis Sanchez returns

Here's the Arsenal squad in full...

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Inside the Reds' dressing room...

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Team news

Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Ward, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Milner, Solanke, Sturridge.

Pre-match

Hendo's tribute

During their warm-up today, Liverpool's first-team stars will wear special t-shirts promoting the Owen McVeigh Foundation - a cause that is close to the heart of the captain in particular.

Jordan Henderson has explained how the Kop's tribute to Owen McVeigh always catches his eye during matches, adding: "Being a son and also now a parent, a banner like that is always going to pull at the heart-strings because I can look back and think of myself holding my dad’s hand and also picture myself as the dad, which is something that a lot of people coming to Anfield will be able to identify with."

Read more from the skipper here.

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An Anfield debut...

...for 'spider cam' today.

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Inside Training

See how the lads warmed up for today's game with our latest behind-the-scenes LFCTV GO clip below.

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Dejan Lovren expects the Anfield crowd to play a big part in today's match, as they did during Wednesday's win over Hoffenheim.

The defender said: “The crowd wants to see that we give our best, which we always do against all the teams, but it’s definitely different when you play against the likes of Arsenal, Man United and Everton. I think everyone is ready.” 

Read more from the No.6 here.

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Team news

The line-ups will be confirmed in four-and-a-half hours' time but, before then, you can at least see how the squads are shaping up.

See who's in and who's likely to be out for both sides here.

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BETVICTOR's view...

The Reds the favourites for this one at Anfield.

Liverpool 23/20
Draw 14/5
Arsenal 12/5

Click here to take advantage of those odds.

The Reds will proudly wear Owen McVeigh Foundation T-shirts during their warm-up today: lfc.tv/AtxT
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'It's about us'

Simon Mignolet won't be focusing on the quality of the opposition at Anfield today because he wants to see the Reds concentrate on imposing themselves upon the visitors.

“Everybody knows the quality they’ve got up front,” the goalkeeper told beIN Sports.

“They can change games with the individual quality and ability they have got. They have signed a few players. They have got the speed and technical ability.

“But we have shown over the last couple of weeks we’ve got that as well. And as Liverpool Football Club, when you play at home you don’t look too much at who you’re playing against.”

Read more from the Belgian here.

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Weather

We're looking at decidedly mild temperatures of 21 degrees celsius come kick-off in Liverpool today, with almost no chance of rain.

Leave those coats at home if you're heading to the stadium!

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This is Anfield

If you're heading to the ground today and want to read the gaffer's programme notes in full, this is what you're looking for.

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The boss' view

We start with Jürgen Klopp's take on today's game. The German doesn't want to see any complacency creeping in after a big win in the Champions League on Wednesday and has challenged his players to prove they are hungry for more.

“We know this is an important part of our development. Another step,” he said.

“Getting into the position to have the play-off was important. Winning the play-off was important. What is now important is to keep moving forward. What can we achieve next?

“Yes, I want the players to appreciate the moment – but appreciation doesn’t mean complacency.”

Read more from Klopp here.

Pre-match

Here we go

Hello and welcome to Liverpoolfc.com's live matchday blog for the Reds' meeting with Arsenal at Anfield today.

Kick-off is scheduled for 4pm BST and, until then, we'll have the best build-up to the big game, so don't go anywhere!