Liverpool held to a draw

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Champions Pip Arsenal to go Second on the Table

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Liverpool delivered a wonderful comeback performance and sent a clear message of intent to their title rivals, with a display of controlled power at Anfield as they beat a resurgent Arsenal 3-1.

The champions produced a stunning salvo to fire back after Arsenal had taken the lead in this top-of-the-table clash, with two goals in six minutes of sustained aggression which maintained their 100 per cent opening to the new campaign.

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Sadio Mane equalised for Liverpool. Image/Sky Sports

It was Scottish full back Andy Robertson who proved the decisive influence – at both ends – with a calm finish to rectify his earlier error that gifted the visitors that shock opening goal.

Diogo Jota, making his Anfield debut, made it a first appearance to remember, to confirm the victory – and the superiority – with a fine finish late on after a mistake from David Luiz.

The result puts the champions  on second place above Merseyside rivals Everton on goal difference into second in the Premier League, while Arsenal remain fifth after tasting defeat for the first time.

Robertson made a mess of dealing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hopeful cross, sending the clearance straight to Lacazette, whose shot went past Alisson.

Liverpool’s response was instant. Mohamed Salah drove into the area, held off the challenge of Kieran Tierney and got a shot away which Leno could only parry into the path of Mane, whose close-range tap-in drew the Reds level 3 minutes after Arsenal had taken the lead.

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Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s third goal. Image/Sky Sports

Seven minutes later and Liverpool had the lead. Another Alexander-Arnold cross was on the money, reaching fellow full-back Robertson who chested the ball down and poked a shot home to atone for his earlier error.

Liverpool second half pressure finally paid off as substitute Jota controlled and volleyed in his first goal for the club to put the seal on the victory.

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