Arse­nal are swept aside by Liver­pool

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Liver­pool pro­duced a dev­as­tat­ing dis­play of at­tack­ing foot­ball to claim a 4-0 win over a ragged Arse­nal side at An­field.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Sa­dio Mane in a dom­i­nant first-half dis­play set up vic­tory be­fore Mo­hamed Salah and sub­sti­tute Daniel Stur­ridge com­pleted the An­field rout.

The Gun­ners were swept aside with em­bar­rass­ing ease and, were it not for sev­eral good saves from Petr Cech, their de­feat could have been even more hu­mil­i­at­ing.

Af­ter over­com­ing in­jury, Alexis Sanchez fea­tured for Arse­nal for the first time this sea­son, but the Chilean made lit­tle im­pact and spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture may again in­crease ahead of Thurs­day’s trans­fer dead­line.

Sanchez had been re­stored to the side at the ex­pense of Alexan­dre La­cazette and man­ager Arsene Wenger’s de­ci­sion to bench his record sign­ing is likely to be ques­tioned.

Opposite num­ber Jur­gen Klopp had made an equally sur­pris­ing call by de­cid­ing to rest first-choice goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let and bring in Loris Kar­ius, but that was fully vin­di­cated.

Kar­ius was the qui­etest player on the pitch as Liver­pool were full of en­ergy and re­lent­less in their at­tack­ing am­bi­tion while Arse­nal were were sloppy and pon­der­ous.

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