Dominant Liverpool ease to win over Arsenal

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Mohamed Salah scored two goals in Liverpool's important victory against Arsenal in the third fixture of the English Premier League.

Sadio Mane should have done better with his header in injury time but if the interval was a period for Arsenal's players to clear their heads, no one told Luiz who, in a moment of madness four minutes after the break, tugged on Salah's shirt.

Mistakes continued to come at both ends.

"We are the champions, champions of Europe" had been the opening chant from the home support after kickoff and what followed on an atypically sunny Merseyside evening served as a reminder of how wide the gulf is between these two sides, something a late Lucas Torreira consolation strike could not disguise.

Started by Adrian to Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho then flicked forward an inviting ball allowing Salah to skip past Luiz with embarrassing ease 40 yards out and run into the penalty area before cushioning a shot inside the far post with his left foot.

Liverpool is off to Burnley next, and then will enjoy the worldwide break.

Liverpool are now the only team in the top flight with a 100% record.

Battling victories over Newcastle United and Burnley indicated Arsenal had finally found a way to grind out wins, but this was much more like their brittle old selves.

This seemed a freakish stance to adopt, since the foul had been visible to just about everyone in the ground and David Luiz even acknowledged his error with a signal of apology, though his manager seems to believe that a tug of an opponent's shirt needs to be much more meaty before a penalty can be fairly awarded.

The contest pitted the only teams in the Premier League with a ideal record against each other.

The Egypt worldwide confidently dispatched the penalty and added a second by brilliantly putting the seal on a three-pass move which eliminated most of the opposition.

It was important for Arsenal not to concede too early in the second half.

Remarkably, the right-back has nine assists in his last 10 appearances at Anfield. - Nicolas Pepe has become the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Dutch defender's last 50 appearances in the Premier League, since Mikel Merino in March 2018 for Newcastle.