Premier League: Liverpool 3:1 Arsenal – preview, line-ups, Live Commentary

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Liverpool – Arsenal, of course, the central match of the Premier League’s 20th round. Two teams will converge on the field with one target – to win. Given that the Reds will go on a trip to Manchester City in a tour, Liverpool try to score maximum points in order to keep the gap from the nearest pursuer – Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp’s team lost only six points for the first half of the season, including two in the match against Arsenal at Emirates last month (1:1). Since then, the Gunners faced serious problems with their composition, especially in the defence. If the Reds’ attackers catch courage, Bernd Leno will need all the powers of the world. By the way, after that draw at Emirates, Jurgen Klopp’s team won all their matches in the Premier League.

Arsenal, from the other hand, haven’t won in the last five trips to Anfield in the league.

Midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho claim on the return to Liverpool’s starting line-up. Alberto Moreno healed his back, but Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner and Dominic Solanke are under the supervision of doctors.

Arsenal will be deprived of defenders Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin. Also, there are big questions about Nacho Monreal’s readiness.


Starting line-ups:

Liverpool: Alisson — Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson — Wijnaldum, Fabinho — Salah, Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri

Arsenal: Leno — Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac — Xhaka, Damsey, Torreira — Iwobi, Maitland-Niles — Aubameyang

Referee: Michael Oliver

Anfield Road, Liverpool

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

90+3′ Final whistle! Liverpool 5:1 Arsenal. Nobody expected that, but that’s what we have. 

90+2 Yellow card for Sokratis.  

90′ 3 minutes added. 

89′ Danger from Henderson! But a little bit inaccurate. 

88′ Arsenal are controlling the ball. Everything is over here. 

84′ Sub from Klopp: Robertson – out, Clyne – in. 

81′ Last sub from Emery: Guendouzi – in, Kolasinac – out. 

80′ Corner for Arsenal. 

77′ Another substitution from Jurgen: Wijnaldum – out, Lallana – in. 

73′ Niles! Iwobi crossed from the left flank and Niles completed the move but Alisson was perfect, no goal. 

71′ 2nd sub from Emery: Aubameyang – out, Lacazette – in. 

70′ We can’t say that Arsenal deserve such a defeat. The team is playing well, but the defence is just awful.

65′ 5:1! Firmino struck perfectly from the dot. 


63′ Fabinhooooo! A candy-pass from Salah, Fabinho struck but Leno was perfect! Corner for Liverpool.

62′ First sub from Klopp. Mane – out, Henderson – in. 

60′ Corner for Liverpool. 

55′ Raaaaamsey! It could be 4:2 but Aaron missed his chance.

53′ Obviously, Jurgen Klopp asked his players to calm down and save power for the next match against City.

48′ Salah! He went 1 on 1 with Leno but the Egyptian couldn’t beat Arsenal goalkeeper.

46′ 2nd half! And the first sub from Emery: Koscielny – in, Mustafi – out.

45+2′ Well, let’s go on a break. Half-time!

45+1′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Salah from the penalty – 4:1!

45+1′ 2 minutes added. 


42′ Good shot from Maitland-Niles, but a little inaccurate. 

39′ Liverpool are holding the ball very confidently. Seems like both teams are waiting for the break. 

35′ Corner for Arsenal. 


31′ Seems like everything is alright with Lucas.

30′ Torreira is laying on the field. 

26′ DANGER! Good free-kick from Torreira, Mustafi struck but from a little offside. 

23′ The game calmed down a little bit, seems like furious start is over. 

19′ Well, take a breath. It’s Premier League, what can we say. 

16′ Amazing dribble from Bobby, destroying Mustafi and Sokratis. No chances for Leno – 2:1!


14′ Lichtsteiner and Mustafi’s mistake – and here we are starting from the very beginning again.


12′ Iwobi crossed perfectly from the left and Niles completed the move – 0:1! No offside, clear goal.


10′ Iwobi! Fabinho’s mistake and Alex struck but Alisson saved – corner. 

6′ Moment from Liverpool! Robertson struck from the left side of the box, Firmino slightly corrected the ball in the direction of the goal but didn’t succeed.

2′ Danger from Robertson! Corner for Liverpool. 

1′ Starting whistle!

0′ Welcome to our live broadcast of the Premier League classics – Liverpool vs Arsenal!

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