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Liverpool v Arsenal Live Commentary, 20/11/2021

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4 - 0
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S. Mané (39)
Diogo Jota (52)
Mohamed Salah (73)
T. Minamino (77)
Anfield

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Liverpool are back to winning ways and move up to second in the Premier League table. Next time out, they face Porto in the Champions League. Arsenal's 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions is brought to an end as they miss the chance to leapfrog Liverpool. They face Newcastle United at home next weekend.
Liverpool brush aside Arsenal with a 4-0 win. Ramsdale was in great form and made some brilliant saves early on before Mane broke the deadlock when he headed in Alexander-Arnold's free-kick. It was a comfortable second half for the hosts as well, with Jota latching onto a loose backpass from Tavares and firing in before Salah tapped a third into an empty net. Minamino then came off the bench and less than a minute later he'd made it 4-0 with a close-range tap-in.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 4-0 ARSENAL.
90' + 2' Salah picks up the ball near the centre circle and decides to drive through Arsenal's half to the edge of the box. He's got three defenders ahead of him, so tries to square it to Mane, but it's cut out by Odegaard.
90' Arsenal are being penned back in their own half as Liverpool continue to knock the ball around as the game heads into its final moments, and the visitors still can't get a touch.
88' Fabinho gets himself out of a tight spot when Maitland-Niles closes him down and Liverpool are in no hurry to push upfield. Saka tries to win it off Tsimikas but ends up giving away a free-kick.
86' Mane's assist for Salah is the 20th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal - only Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler (24) have combined for more for Liverpool in the competition.
T. Morton
Thiago Alcântara
Liverpool
84' Liverpool are making their final change here as well. Thiago goes off, with Morton coming on in his place to make his Premier League debut.
Mohamed Elneny
T. Partey
Arsenal
84' Final change for Arsenal now as Elneny comes on for Partey.
83' Arsenal patiently play out from the back again, with Saka finding a bit of space down the right. He tries to slide it through to Aubameyang, but the offside flag goes straight up against him.
81' Mane holds off Partey before turning to square it out to Salah on the right. He drives forward down the wing before he's blocked off by Tavares and a belated offside flag goes up.
79' Arsenal are still keeping possession well in their own half, but Liverpool are still pressing them high upfield. The visitors are trying to get out, but can't find a way through.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
Liverpool
77' It's another good cross from Alexander-Arnold from the right as he gets his second assist of the game.
T. Minamino
Goal
Liverpool
77' MINAMINO SCORES! He's only been on the pitch seconds, but he's made it 4-0! It's good play from Mane again to get in behind Arsenal, and he touches it out to Alexander-Arnold. He squares a lovely cross into the six-yard box and Minamino is waiting at the far post to tap it in.
J. Henderson
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool
76' And Oxlade-Chamberlain also goes off, with Henderson on for him.
T. Minamino
Diogo Jota
Liverpool
76' Double change for Liverpool now, with Jota the first to make way as Minamino replaces him.
75' GREAT SAVE! Partey knocks the ball through Fabinho's legs and the space opens up for him, so he decides to have a shot. He curls a good effort towards the top-right corner, and Alisson stretches to tip it over.
S. Mané
Assist
Liverpool
73' The Arsenal defenders were all drawn in by Mane's run and he did well to get his head up before squeezing a cross through to Salah.
Mohamed Salah
Goal
Liverpool
73' SALAH SCORES! It's direct from Liverpool, starting with a long ball from Alisson which is knocked through to Mane. He makes a great run into the box which draws in the Arsenal defenders before squaring it to Salah, who is left with a simple tap-in under no pressure. 3-0 Liverpool!
72' It's a great throughball from Fabinho to pick out Salah, who turns before striding into the box. He tries to skip his way past Gabriel, but the defender stands his ground and stops him from having a shot.
Fabinho
Yellow Card
Liverpool
70' Fabinho tripped Smith Rowe to stop an Arsenal counter-attack and he's booked for the challenge.
68' GREAT SAVE! Salah has so much space down the right and he cuts inside before fizzing it into Jota with the outside of his boot. He hits the shot first time and Ramsdale gets enough on it to take it looping into the air for White to clear.
67' It's another poor pass from Tavares as his switch of play is picked off by Mane on the halfway line. He has three Arsenal defenders around him though, and he can't find a way into the box.
M. Ødegaard
A. Lacazette
Arsenal
67' Second change for Arsenal now as Odegaard comes on in place of Lacazette.
65' GREAT SAVE! Tomiyasu touches it through to Lacazette, who carves open Liverpool's defence with a great pass through to Aubameyang. He gets in between the two defenders before hitting a shot across goal, but Alisson sticks out a leg to save it.
64' Arsenal are still playing out from the back here, but they just can't find a way out of their own half at the moment. All of their play is in front of Liverpool, who are happy to sit back.
62' Jota has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (five) than he has against any other side.
60' Ramsdale and Jota both gingerly get back to their feet after receiving treatment, but it looks like they're going to be able to carry on.
58' Ramsdale and Jota are both down here after a heavy collision. The keeper slid out to block a shot, taking a kick to his midriff as Jota landed on his legs and the medical teams are on to see to them.
57' GREAT SAVE! Alexander-Arnold's shot is blocked, but Arsenal can't clear their lines as Jota flicks it onto Mane. He hits a good shot across goal which Ramsdale stretches to keep out before he pushes it out of Salah's feet.
55' Tomiyasu is caught on the ball by Thiago and he drives into the box from the left. It's too tight an angle for a shot, so he tries to pull it back to Salah, but White is there to intercept it.
A. Maitland-Niles
A. Lokonga
Arsenal
53' Arsenal are making a change before the restart as Maitland-Niles comes on to replace Lokonga.
Diogo Jota
Goal
Liverpool
52' JOTA SCORES! Tavares is trying to get away from Oxlade-Chamberlain when he plays a loose pass to the edge of his own box and Jota pounces on it. He takes it around the goalkeeper before firing his shot into the back of the empty net. 2-0 Liverpool!
50' CLOSE! Oxlade-Chamberlain gives the ball away, but Fabinho quickly wins it back before sliding in the winger again. He hits a shot from the edge of the box that has Ramsdale scrambling, but it rolls wide of the far post.
48' Oxlade-Chamberlain is caught on the ball by Smith Rowe and the midfielder slides a first-time throughball into the box for Aubameyang. Van Dijk reads it well though and slides in to stop him from getting through on goal.
46' Arsenal get us back underway for the second half!
Liverpool have looked the bigger threat so far and could be further ahead if not for Ramsdale. Klopp will urge them to keep the pressure up in the second half. As for Arsenal, they've created some good chances themselves without really troubling Alisson, and Arteta will be hoping they can be more clinical after the break.
Mane's header gives Liverpool a 1-0 lead over Arsenal at half-time. It took a while for both sides to get going, but Ramsdale was alert when called upon. He made a brilliant double save to keep out Thiago and Mane before following that up with good stops to deny Alexander-Arnold and Salah. From a set-piece, Mane broke the deadlock by getting on the end of Alexander-Arnold's cross to thump his header in.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 1-0 ARSENAL.
S. Mané
Yellow Card
Liverpool
44' Mane's got away with a couple of late challenges already, but when he sticks out a leg to catch White on the sidelines, he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
43' SAVE! Again, Arsenal work it down the right, with Saka cutting inside before pulling it back to Lokonga. He hits it first time from the edge of the D, but it's straight at Alisson, who holds onto it.
41' Arsenal are trying to make an instant response here as Saka drives down the right. He squares a low cross into the middle, but it's behind Aubameyang and Lacazette and Oxlade-Chamberlain clears it.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
Liverpool
39' It's another good set-piece by Alexander-Arnold that takes the Arsenal defenders out of the game as he picks out Mane.
S. Mané
Goal
Liverpool
39' MANE SCORES! Alexander-Arnold whips a good free-kick into the box and it's over everyone at the near post. Mane peels off the back of Gabriel to get his head on it and thumps his effort past Ramsdale's outstretched hand and into the back of the net. 1-0 Liverpool!
37' RAMSDALE AGAIN! Oxlade-Chamberlain breezes past Tavares before squaring it to Alexander-Arnold, and he takes it to the edge of the D. The space opens up, so he has a shot, and Ramsdale tips it over with his fingertips.
35' GREAT SAVE! It's a great throughball from Mane to Tsimikas, and he pulls a cross back to Salah from the byline on the left. The Egyptian hits it first time, but Ramsdale gets behind it before clawing the ball away to stop him from having a follow-up shot.
Yellow Card
33' Tempers are flaring on the touchline and Klopp and Arteta are having to be dragged apart by their coaching staff. Arteta was claiming that Mane caught Tomiyasu with an elbow which Klopp disagreed with, and both managers are shown a yellow card.
31' OFFSIDE! Matip slips which opens up the space for Tavares, and he pulls it back to Smith Rowe on the edge of the box. He touches it into Lacazette, who squares it to Lacazette. He goes to walk it in before firing it into the empty net, but the flag goes up.
29' DOUBLE SAVE! Alexander-Arnold curls a brilliant cross in which is nodded on by White and Thiago is behind him to volley it on goal. Ramsdale smothers it, but can't gather the ball. Mane follows it in, but the keeper spreads himself again to send it out for a corner.
27' Van Dijk plays a good throughball into Jota, who turns and is allowed to carry the ball a long way. He takes it to the edge of the box before trying to square it out to Tsimikas, but Tomiyasu cuts it out.
25' Alexander-Arnold has Gabriel tight to him, but he manages to squeeze a cross in from the right. It's just behind Salah and White beats Mane to it at the far post to clear the danger.
23' It's good work from Saka to break up another Liverpool attack, and he sets Lacazette on the counter. He slides in Aubameyang through the middle, who picks out Saka first time, but his shot is blocked by Van Dijk.
21' Lokonga's pass to Smith Rowe is intercepted by Alexander-Arnold, who slides in Salah with his first touch. He picks out Jota, who can't bring it under control, but it doesn't matter as the offside flag goes up anyway.
19' It's Arsenal's turn to keep the pressure on here and Tomiyasu is causing more problems down the right. He pulls away from Tsimikas, only to see another cross cleared in the middle.
17' Lacazette stretches behind him to reach the ball and knock it out to Tomiyasu, who has acres of space down the right. He lifts a great cross into the box, but Saka heads his effort wide of the far post.
16' Arsenal are being pressed high upfield by the hosts, but they do well to play out from the back, with Tavares picking out Lacazette. He turns straight into Tsimikas though and Liverpool are on the attack again.
14' Liverpool have won their last five home Premier League matches against Arsenal, netting at least three goals in every win - they last had a longer home top-flight winning run against the Gunners between September 1981 and January 1988 (seven).
12' Still, Liverpool patiently work it upfield, and Mane has it down the left this time. He has Tsimikas up with him in support, but it's a poor pass into the left-back that White shields out of play.
10' Oxlade-Chamberlain does really well to get past Gabriel down the right but is stopped by Tavares, who steps across him. The ball falls nicely for Fabinho, but he knocks it straight out of play with a heavy first touch.
8' Tomiyasu touches it into Saka's path and he makes a good run down the right. He lays it off to Lacazette and continues his run into the box, but the Frenchman's return pass is cut out by Matip.
6' Liverpool are keeping the ball well here in the opening minutes and are knocking it around in their own half. They just can't find a way through Arsenal at the moment.
4' Mane is giving White no time on the ball as he carries it from the edge of his own box and Fabinho nicks it off him. He slides in Salah, who has a go from the edge of the box, but he drags it just wide.
2' It's almost a very nervy start for the hosts after Tsimikas is caught on the ball in his own half and Saka latches onto it. He tries to thread it through for Aubameyang, but Fabinho reads it well and intercepts it.
1' Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the game underway for Liverpool!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool, Arsenal have won just one of their 11 Premier League games against the Reds (D3 L7), with the Gunners coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at the Emirates in July 2020.
Just the one change from Mikel Arteta from the win over Watford last time out. He's boosted by the return of Partey, who missed that game through injury, with Maitland-Niles dropping to the bench.
Jurgen Klopp makes two changes from the side that lost to West Ham two weeks ago, as he brings in Thiago and Tsimikas. Henderson is deemed fit enough for the bench after a groin injury, while Andy Robertson misses out due to a hamstring injury.
ARSENAL SUBS: Mohamed Elneny, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-4-1-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Taveres; Bukayo Saka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Nathaniel Phillips, Kaide Gordon, Jordan Henderson, Takumi Minamino, Conor Bradley, Owen Beck, Tyler Morton, Ibrahima Konate, Caoimhim Kelleher.
LIVERPOOL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Liverpool's 3-2 defeat to West Ham before the international break not only ended their unbeaten start to the season across all competitions but also ended a 20-game run without defeat in the Premier League which went back to the end of last season. Arsenal, on the other hand, are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in the league (W6 D2), the longest such run of any other team in the competition. They've won each of their last four in all competitions coming into this game.
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