While their title is heading to Manchester City, the outgoing champions produced the type of show that noticed them romp to glory final season, albeit towards a timid Arsenal.
The solely shock was that it took Juergen Klopp’s facet till after halftime to make their superiority rely.
Unreal @TrentAA cross 👏Fantastic @DiogoJota18 header ⚽️A memorable opener tonight 👌 https://t.co/Rzo8ramr1c
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 1617490801000
Jota headed Liverpool in entrance from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross within the sixty fourth minute, three minutes after approaching.
Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead 4 minutes later earlier than Jota scored from shut vary within the 81st minute.
Victory moved Liverpool above Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United and left them solely two factors behind fourth-positioned Chelsea who had been thrashed at dwelling by West Bromwich Albion earlier, throwing the highest-4 battle broad open.
Liverpool have 49 factors from 30 video games with Arsenal down in ninth place with 42 factors after a twelfth defeat of the season.
“If we are to think about a higher spot then we have to do our jobs and win every single game,” Jota mentioned.
“If we do our job we have a chance (to finish in top four).”
Liverpool have misplaced an unthinkable eight league video games for the reason that flip of the yr however the way in which they dominated Arsenal for 90 minutes suggests they’re rediscovering their mojo.
Arsenal simply couldn’t stay with Liverpool’s depth and will make no headway as they fell to their heaviest margin of defeat in a house league recreation towards Liverpool.
One sweeping transfer early on noticed Sadio Mane’s header saved by Bernd Leno whereas Roberto Firmino drilled one other effort simply broad after Arsenal had been harried into conceding possession.
James Milner wasted one other probability for Liverpool earlier than halftime and the sample continued after the break.
Alexander-Arnold was surprisingly unnoticed of England’s squad for the latest World Cup qualifiers, however the proper again confirmed his class with an ideal cross which allowed Jota to steal in and head past Leno.
It was Jota’s fourth headed purpose in his final three video games, together with three for Portugal.
Four minutes later Fabinho’s lengthy move was not handled correctly by Gabriel and Salah wriggled by means of to fireplace a shot by means of Leno’s legs and transfer again as chief within the race for the Golden Boot prize with 18 targets.
Alexander-Arnold was concerned in Liverpool’s third, profitable the ball again in a harmful space earlier than Salah’s move throughout the realm was fired dwelling by Jota.
It may have been worse for Arsenal with Liverpool failing to take a number of good probabilities however the guests will head into Tuesday’s Champions League conflict with Real Madrid in good coronary heart.
“We don’t look at Chelsea or West Ham or whatever because we have to win our games,” Klopp mentioned. “But tonight the package was extremely good and that’s what you need.”