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Premier League: Liverpool thrash Arsenal 4-0 to go second in the league table


 Imperious Liverpool extended its Premier League home winning streak against Arsenal to six on Saturday with an easy 4-0 victory that lifted it to second in the table.

Sadio Mane met a perfect free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 39th minute to plant a header across Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for Liverpool’s opening goal.

Ramsdale produced a string of spectacular saves to keep Jurgen Klopp’s silky strikers at bay. But he could do nothing to stop Diogo Jota from skipping past him in the 52nd minute after a dreadful misplaced pass from Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares.

AS IT HAPPENED: Premier League Highlights: Rampant Liverpool thrash Arsenal 4-0; Minamino, Salah, Jota and Mane on the scoresheet

Inevitably, Mohamed Salah got in on the act with a close-range volley from a Mane cross in the 73rd minute, before Takumi Minamino came off the bench to turn in a cross from Alexander-Arnold with his first touch in the 77th.

Arsenal showed a few flashes of resistance and attacking spirit in the first half – not least from manager Mikel Arteta who squared up angrily with Klopp over a foul in an ugly touch-line exchange that earned both yellow cards.

But the Londoners looked crushed at the end, their eight-game unbeaten run over and yet again leaving Anfield empty-handed. The result left Arsenal fifth in the league.



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