Liverpool snapped Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a crushingly straightforward victory at Anfield.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the first half, heading in Trent Alexander-free-kick. Arnold’s
Before Mohamed Salah tucked home a Mane cross, Diogo Jota took advantage of a Nuno Tavares error to roll into an empty net.
Alexander-Arnold was once again the provider, this time teeing up Japanese substitute Takumi Minamino to make it 4-0 with his first touch, only 48 seconds after coming on.
Liverpool moves up to second place in the Premier League with the win, while Arsenal remains in fifth place.
For the majority of the game, it was a dull affair between the two long-time rivals, but Liverpool demonstrated their worth in the second half with a ruthless display.
Before the break, Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoyed the majority of possession and the better chances, with Salah, Alexander-Arnold, and Thiago all being denied by Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Ramsdale was kept busy throughout, reacting quickly to prevent Mane from scrambling the ball in off the floor and making a good save to deny Jota a second goal later on.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka posed a counter-attacking threat, but Alisson was at ease when needed upon, and Liverpool’s centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip were sturdy.
Despite the four goals, it was rarely a lively match, however a touchline brawl between Klopp and Mikel Arteta in the first half elicited a reaction from the spectators.