Mo Salah stunner bookends impressive Liverpool EPL win away to Arsenal

Credit Sky Sports

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Let's start getting ready this week so we're ready to play against Spurs.

After the win, Liverpool top the league table with nine points ahead of their clash against Burnley next week.

The Gunners though have the ideal opportunity to bounce back next weekend when they play host to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

The Ivorian was handed his first start since a £72 million ($87 million) move from Lille and showed why he was so coveted by posing a constant threat on the counter-attack.

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Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal's big money import from Lille was given his first start and the Ivory Coast worldwide came close in the opening spell of the game as his quick footwork and dynamic movement opened up opportunities on goal.

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It meant the game was far more open than the statistics of Liverpool's supposed dominance - they had 14 shots in the first half - suggested.

Pepe, who earlier in the half became the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Dutch defender's last 50 league appearances, was Arsenal's main threat.

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Joel Matip gave Liverpool the lead with a first-half header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, while Lucas Torreira scored Arsenal's consolation with five minutes to go. Lacazette is a good striker that is very good at holding up play but he however uses a lot of strength and is easily exhausted so that's why he didn't start with Pepe and Aubameyang against Liverpool.

Unai Emery's tactics were to defend deep with eight men behind the ball in an attempt to draw their opponents in before trying to release the explosive pace of £72million summer signing Nicolas Pepe, given a full debut at the expense of Alexandre Lacazette.

Mane should have done better with his header in injury time but if the interval was a period for Arsenal to clear their heads, no-one told David Luiz who, in a moment of madness four minutes after the break, tugged on Salah's shirt. The two strikers were Aubameyang and Pepe so there wasn't any way that Lacazette would have been put in this position unless Unai Emery made a decision to play him in instead of Dani Ceballos.

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