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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Champions fight back to maintain perfect start

Diogo Jota celebrates with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho
Former Wolves forward Diogo Jota is the 13th player to score on his Premier League debut for Liverpool

Liverpool’s new £45m signing Diogo Jota grabbed a home debut goal as the champions demonstrated their determination to retain an iron grip on their Premier League crown by coming from behind to record an impressive victory against Arsenal at Anfield.

Arsenal, who had won their opening two Premier League games, went ahead after 25 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette took advantage of Andy Robertson’s error to bundle a close-range finish past Alisson but ended well beaten.

Liverpool, who maintained their 100% start to the season and moved second behind Leicester City, responded instantly as man-of-the-match Sadio Mane pounced two minutes later after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno could only push out Mohamed Salah’s shot.

And Liverpool went ahead before half-time when Robertson atoned for his earlier error by getting on the end of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross to beat Leno.

Liverpool were far superior but Arsenal will rue a great chance missed by Lacazette, who shot tamely at Alisson when he was clean through with the score 2-1 and their night was complete when Jota, making his Anfield bow following his move from Wolves, shot low past Leno from the edge of the area.

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Liverpool

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.61

  2. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.32

  3. Squad number12Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    6.99

  4. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    7.23

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    7.41

  6. Squad number8Player nameKeita
    Average rating

    6.79

  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.02

  8. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    6.72

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    6.97

  10. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    6.82

  11. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.09

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    6.49

  2. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    6.14

  3. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    7.50

Arsenal

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameLeno
    Average rating

    5.07

  2. Squad number16Player nameHolding
    Average rating

    4.84

  3. Squad number23Player nameDavid Luiz
    Average rating

    4.70

  4. Squad number3Player nameTierney
    Average rating

    5.19

  5. Squad number2Player nameBellerín
    Average rating

    4.64

  6. Squad number25Player nameMohamed Elneny
    Average rating

    4.74

  7. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
    Average rating

    4.51

  8. Squad number15Player nameMaitland-Niles
    Average rating

    4.71

  9. Squad number12Player nameWillian
    Average rating

    4.62

  10. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
    Average rating

    5.06

  11. Squad number14Player nameAubameyang
    Average rating

    4.34

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameDani Ceballos
    Average rating

    5.24

  2. Squad number19Player namePépé
    Average rating

    4.14

  3. Squad number30Player nameNketiah
    Average rating

    4.45

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 49mins
  • 12Gomez
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forMilnerat 79′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forMinaminoat 90+1′minutes
  • 10ManéBooked at 3minsSubstituted forJotaat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 13Adrián
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 27Origi
  • 76Williams

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 16Holding
  • 23David Luiz
  • 3Tierney
  • 2BellerínBooked at 68mins
  • 25Elneny
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forCeballosat 60′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 12WillianSubstituted forPépéat 68′minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 73′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 7Saka
  • 8Ceballos
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 19Pépé
  • 30Nketiah
  • 31Kolasinac

Referee:
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1.

  3. Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James Milner.

  4. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

  6. Substitution, Liverpool. Takumi Minamino replaces Roberto Firmino.

  7. Goal! Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  8. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Rob Holding.

  9. Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney tries a through ball, but David Luiz is caught offside.

  10. Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  11. Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball.

  12. Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

  13. Substitution, Liverpool. Diogo Jota replaces Sadio Mané.

  14. Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Naby Keita.

  15. Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  16. Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

  17. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

  19. Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

  20. Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

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