Liverpool v Arsenal: Live matchday blog
Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield. Joel Matip's header and two strikes from Mohamed Salah did the damage to the Gunners, who grabbed a late consolation through Lucas Torreira.
Here's the story of the game, as told by Opta...
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Liverpool maintain their winning start to the Premier League season by making it three out of three with victory over Arsenal.
Joel Matip thumped the Reds into a first-half lead with a header before Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage from the penalty spot just after the break.
The Egyptian then scored a sublime third just before the hour to further the advantage.
Lucas Torreira grabbed a late consolation for the Gunners, but Liverpool are now the only team in the division with a 100 per cent record after three matches.
Luis tries his luck from a free-kick 30 yards out, but it's too high to trouble Adrian.
Four minutes of additional time will be played...
Lacazette threatens but Alexander-Arnold manages to avert the danger.
Goal for Arsenal - Lucas Torreira
Arsenal pull one back as Torreira lashes in a loose ball inside the box.
Willock is off for Lacazette for the visitors.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on in place of Sadio Mane.
Important header from Milner to prevent Aubameyang reaching Pepe's cross.
James Milner comes on for Gini Wijnaldum, who gets a standing ovation inside Anfield.
Arsenal make a change as Torreira replaces Ceballos.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
What a goal...
Salah leaves Luiz for dead on the right and speeds into the area before finishing low beyond Leno.
A lovely, lovely strike from the Egyptian King.
Liverpool are opening up Arsenal with more regularity now - and Salah heads over from a Robertson centre.
Now Arsenal need a block from Sokratis to stop a strike from Alexander-Arnold.
Aubameyang is sent through on goal by Pepe's pass. Liverpool want offside, but it's not given.
Nevertheless, Matip produces a stunning last-ditch block to deny him.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
The Egyptian converts from the spot!
Luiz goes into the book for his foul.
Penalty to Liverpool!
Luiz pulls back Salah and the Reds have a spot kick.
Fabinho fires in a low cross, which is claimed by Leno.
Off we go again...
We're back under way at Anfield.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold has assisted nine goals in his last 10 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions, including assisting once in each of his last five competitive home games.
Four of Joel Matip's five goals in all competitions for Liverpool have been headed, with four also coming from corners.
The story of the first half, as told by Opta...
Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal
Liverpool have the edge at the half-way point thanks to Joel Matip's thumping 41st minute header.
The Reds have dominated the ball, but Arsenal have had chances - not least when Nicolas Pepe found himself clean through on goal, but he was denied by the legs of Adrian.
Sokratis produces a brilliant block to thwart a Mane strike.
Oh, it should be 2-0!
Mane rises to meet another Alexander-Arnold corner from the right and plants a firm header over the crossbar from a central position eight yards out.
GOAL! JOEL MATIP!
Liverpool are ahead as Matip thunders in a header from an Alexander-Arnold corner.
Salah spins Xhaka inside the area and strikes a left-footed half-volley wide of the far post.
Pepe manages to bundle his way beyond Henderson and go clean through on goal as Arsenal attack from a Liverpool corner.
His effort is - thankfully - tame and Adrian saves with his shins.
There's a VAR check in progress here, for a potential red card and penalty as Salah attempted to reach a cross.
The decision isn't given anyway.
Henderson has a strike deflected behind by Monreal
Pepe tries his luck again - again at the end of an Arsenal counter - and he curls an effort just wide of the upright.
Robertson rolls a ball right across the face of goal before Firmino turns and has a shot blocked by Sokratis.
Arsenal try to play their way out of Liverpool's pressure, but Ceballos plays it straight across his own area to Mane.
Our No.10 takes a touch to set before drilling towards goal; however, it's straight at Leno.
Liverpool are dominating the ball, but Arsenal launch a counter which results in Pepe shooting straight at Adrian from the edge of the box.
Chance for Arsenal - and it's a decent one.
Adrian rushes from his line to clear a ball forward, but his hit is controlled by Aubameyang, who then hoists it back towards the unguarded goal.
Thankfully, it drops a yard wide of the post.
Wijnaldum gets two bites from a corner from Alexander-Arnold, but he skews well off target with his left peg.
Henderson directs Salah's scooped pass across the box with his head, but Firmino can't reach it.
Early half-chance for the Reds as Robertson fizzes a ball across the face of goal, which is just a tad too far in front of Firmino's slide.
And we're off...
We're under way at Anfield.
Come on you Reds!
Here come the teams...
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The Reds are in the house...
Back at home
Inside the Liverpool dressing room...
Here's how Opta expect the sides to shape up...
The teamsheet is in and shows two changes for Liverpool from the XI deployed at Southampton last week as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho come in for James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.
- Liverpool's 54 Premier League meetings with Arsenal have produced 155 goals
- The Reds are unbeaten in the last eight encounters - four wins and four draws
- Sadio Mane has scored in nine of his past 11 league appearances at Anfield, for a total of 13 goals
- Jordan Henderson could captain the club for the 100th time in the Premier League today
- Victory would see Liverpool set a club record for successive wins in the Premier League era (12) and match their all-time best in the league, set in 1990
Go behind the scenes of Tuesday's training session at Melwood below...
Liverpool are searching for their 1⃣2⃣th consecutive #PL victory, which would be their best-ever winning streak 🔥… https://t.co/ckQCJ4rtB9— premierleague (Premier League) 24th Aug 06:53
Gunners boss Unai Emery has guided his team to wins over Newcastle United and Burnley so far this season but expects a step up in terms of the test awaiting Arsenal at Anfield.
"It's a big stadium with a big atmosphere and I want to play every match in our amazing stadium with our amazing supporters in our home. But we need to play away and face big teams with big supporters," he said.
"I think the motivation for us is very big on Saturday. We are going to have some Arsenal supporters helping us and it's a big challenge. It's going to be a different game to Burnley because the team is different.
"They are going to demand different tactical issues, but we want to play and show how we are now. It's a big test to show their capacity and our capacity."
*OFFICIAL WEATHER UPDATE*
You wouldn't doubt the word of Liverpool's record goalscorer and Ian Rush is right - it's a sun-kissed afternoon at Anfield.
Resplendent, you might say if you were writing a tongue-in-cheek Liverpoolfc.com matchday blog weather update.
It's warm, naturally, so no need for a coat if you're heading up to the stadium for the 5.30pm kick-off.
The manager confirmed yesterday Liverpool will continue to be without Alisson Becker and Naby Keita. He did, however, add that there were no fresh injury concerns throughout the squad.
For Arsenal, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Emile Smith Rowe and Konstantinos Mavropanos all remain sidelined.
A week ago
Days after the UEFA Super Cup triumph, Liverpool travelled to the south coast and beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's. Watch the best of that game below...
How Anfield got VAR ready
VAR will be in use at Anfield once again this evening.
We interviewed Ian Barker, the club’s assistant stadium manager, to find out the process on how supporters will be kept up to date with information should there be a VAR review.
Read the piece by clicking here.
Firmino on the front cover
Liverpool prepared for today's game with a training session at Melwood on Thursday evening. Check out 45 photos from the workout in the gallery below...
Important travel information
Merseyrail has confirmed that strike action has been cancelled on Saturday August 24. However, fans are still advised to plan their journey in advance and arrive at the stadium early to avoid delays due to emergency gas works in the local area.
Works will be undertaken from Friday August 23 until early next week affecting Queens Drive at the junction of East Prescot Road. Fans should take alternative routes in order to avoid road closures and delays. For more information please click here.
Following the cancellation of strikes, normal train services will resume and the Soccerbus (operated by Peoplesbus) will be in operation from Sandhills Station. The service will run from three hours before kick-off, dropping supporters off on Walton Lane near the junction of Anfield Road (Goodison bound). The service will run for 90 minutes after each game.
The Stagecoach 917 express service will operate as normal from Lime Street Station, as will the Taxi One taxibus service. The 501 and 502 services (Peoplesbus) will also be in operation post match, departing from Walton Breck Road to Lime Street station.
The last meeting
As mentioned before, Jürgen Klopp's side emerged 5-1 winners when the teams last met.
Check out the highlights of that December 2018 affair in the video below.
We caught up with Liverpool's No.66 to get his take on today's game.
The Reds' ability to overcome all different types of tests gives Alexander-Arnold confidence that he and his teammates can claim three points at Anfield.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think there’s different types of games: there’s wanting to perform well in some games and some games it’s purely about just getting the win, and I think Southampton was one of them when we needed to win the game.
“It was a tough place to go to, especially after the week that we had with all the travelling and obviously playing the extra-time and pens. It was tough for us but we got through that so we’re showing once again this season that we’re mentally resilient and we can win different types of football games.
“I think Saturday’s going to be a different kind of test to the one we faced last week so we’re preparing for that. We did well against them last year, especially at home, and we’ll be looking to do the same kind of thing.”
Bobby out to make history
If he scores today, Firmino would become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.
The manager previewed this clash by holding a press conference at Melwood yesterday afternoon. Watch everything he had to say below...
We're back at Anfield for the second time in 2019-20 as Liverpool take on Arsenal this evening.
These games tend to produce lots of goals and who can forget Roberto Firmino's hat-trick in last season's 5-1 victory?
Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you the best of the build-up, action and reaction from L4.