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Liverpool humiliate Arsenal to win 4-0 in one-sided Premier League encounter

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah spearheaded the powerful assault as Liverpool routed Arsenal in their Premier League encounter.

football Updated: Aug 27, 2017 23:54 IST
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their third goal against Arsenal.(AFP)

Liverpool tore Arsenal apart with a devastating attacking display on Sunday, producing a 4-0 victory in the Premier League that exploited an error-strewn performance by the London club.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah spearheaded the powerful assault on the feeble visitors at Anfield. Humiliation for Arsenal was completed when Mane’s replacement, Daniel Sturridge, finished off yet another counterattack to net the fourth in the 78th minute.

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It was a complete and potent display by Liverpool, even without Philippe Coutinho on the pitch as the Brazilian still tries to force his way out of the club before the transfer window closes Thursday night.

Coutinho is chasing the major trophies eluding Liverpool for too long, with the league last won in 1990 and the Champions League in 2005.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. (AP)

While such a ruthless rout of Arsenal will raise expectations around Liverpool, it followed an underwhelming start to the league campaign that saw Juergen Klopp’s side draw the opener at Watford then claim a narrow win at Crystal Palace.

But victory capped a week when Liverpool secured its return to the Champions League after a three-year absence, a competition Arsenal will be missing from for the first time in 20 years.

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Arsene Wenger secured a new Arsenal contract despite that Champions League qualification failure. But judging by the capitulation at Liverpool, with Arsenal’s shortcomings resurfacing for a second loss in three matches, it could be another troublesome season.

First Published: Aug 27, 2017 22:42 IST