Liverpool Echo player ratings vs Arsenal
Liverpool player ratings vs Arsenal - Fabinho and Jordan Henderson lead midfield domination
Ian Doyle gives his Liverpool vs Arsenal player ratings after the 3-1 win at Anfield in the Premier League
By Ian Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
25 AUG 2019
One miscommunication with Van Dijk led to a chance for Aubameyang, but made vital save to deny Pepe. Safe handling second half.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
Saw a lot of the ball as a regular outlet down the right, but deliveries were inconsistent until plonking a corner on Matip's head for the first. Enjoyed himself after break.
Joel Matip 9
Worked hard to deal with Aubameyang – chasing him down to prevent one second-half chance – and popped up with a bullet header for the opener. Impressive.
Virgil van Dijk 8
Passed once by Pepe, who was so surprised he forgot to take the ball. A proper tussle with the Arsenal man the centre-back ended up comprehensively winning. Even did a slide tackle – such a rarity.
Andy Robertson 7
Almost put Firmino in with a cross in the opening minutes. Lacked precision in deliveries first half but made up for it after the break.
Got away with one blind pass and being clobbered by Xhaka in opening exchanges, but soon helped Liverpool control midfield. Brilliant pass sparked Salah's second. Booked.
Gini Wijnaldum 7
Work-rate immense and was able to show his strength on occasion, and one piece of excellent skill after the break. Subbed.
Jordan Henderson 8
Deserved his escape after loose possession set Pepe clear first half with a driving performance going forward and some good tackles.
Mohamed Salah 9
A few slack touches early on but destroyed Luiz in the second half, winning and converting the penalty for the second and losing the centre-back and racing away for the third.
Roberto Firmino 8
Always a threat, as Arsenal know better than most. Wowed the crowd with one ridiculous piece of skill, and continued to find pockets with his pass finding Salah for the penalty.
Sadio Mane 7
Started lively and buzzed in and around the Arsenal area throughout. Sent a header over before interval and kept the visiting defence honest.
James Milner (for Wijnaldum 69) 7
Crunched into a few challenges and mopped up when required.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Mane 77)
Adam Lallana (for Firmino 85)
If part of his contract, he too shall gain extra reward for featuring in this Liverpool victory.
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