Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 4-0 in a scintillating performance which underlined their title challenge and provided the Gunners with a sobering reminder of the gap between the sides.
It was only 1-0 at the interval, Sadio Mane’s looping header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pinpoint free-kick the only difference between the sides in a fierce, frenetic encounter, the atmosphere heightened by the touchline scuffle between the furious Mikel Arteta and the unflinching Jurgen Klopp.
Diogo Jota’s cool finish and Mohamed Salah’s tap-in killed the game as a contest as the Reds front three ran riot, before substitute Takumi Minamino made it four with his first touch seconds after coming on.
The result was sewn up long before the end, allowing Klopp to give 19-year-old defensive midfielder Tyler Morton his home debut, in a moment the teenager will never forget, as a packed, febrile Anfield saluted their side’s pulsating, dominant performance.
More to follow.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta (right) squared up to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) in a furious scuffle on the touchline
The incident was sparked by Sadio Mane (right) seeming to use an elbow in an aerial challenge with Takehiro Tomiyasu (No 18)
Arteta had to be held back by a member of his Arsenal coaching staff (left) as he and Klopp exchanged words on the touchline
Both Klopp and Arteta were subsequently shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver (right) for their part in the incident
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale kept his side in the game with several fine close-range stops from Sadio Mane (bottom)
But he could not stop the Senegalese winger giving the Reds the lead with a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free kick
Mane, involved in the thick of the action, was later booked just before the interval for an ugly sliding challenge on Ben White
After the break Diogo Jota extended the Reds’ advantage, rounding Ben White and Ramsdale brilliantly before sliding it home
With the home side in imperious, scintillating form, Mohamed Salah made it three, tapping home Mane’s pinpoint centre
Forward Takumi Minamino (pictured) scored with his first touch, just seconds after coming on as a substitute for Klopp’s side