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Irresistible Liverpool thrash Arsenal 4-0 to go second

(Reuters) - LIVERPOOL, Nov 20 (Reuters) - On Saturday, Liverpool extended their Premier League home winning streak against Arsenal to six games with a 4-0 victory that moved them to second place in the table.

Sadio Mane received Trent Alexander-exquisite Arnold's free kick in the 39th minute to plant a header across Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for Liverpool's first goal.

Juergen Klopp's slick forwards were kept at bay by Ramsdale's streak of outstanding saves. But he couldn't stop Diogo Jota from slipping past him in the 52nd minute, thanks to a terrible misjudged ball from Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares.

Inevitably, Mohamed Salah got in on the act in the 73rd minute with a close-range volley from a Mane cross, before Takumi Minamino came off the bench to turn in a cross from Alexander-Arnold with his first touch in the 77th.

In the first half, Arsenal showed some resilience and offensive verve, not least from manager Mikel Arteta, who squared up fiercely with Klopp after a foul in a violent touch-line altercation that earned both players yellow cards.

But Liverpool deserved to win, and it might have been even larger if it hadn't been for England international Ramsdale.

After 12 games, Liverpool has 25 points, four points behind leaders Chelsea. Arsenal is sixth with 20 points.


Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was overjoyed with his double assist and Liverpool's development following their last Premier League setback at West Ham United.

"We should not be losing games with a squad of our caliber. We recovered as well as we could today. A superb performance. It was just what we needed "He emphasized Liverpool's pressure and fluidity after halftime.

"We were all over them, and they were just seeing red blurs all over the place, which was exactly what we intended. That second half was fantastic."

Arsenal did score in the first half, but Alexandre Lacazette's strike was offside. Arsenal has not beaten Liverpool away in the Premier League in nine years, surrendering at least three goals in each of the past six games.

"It's one of the most difficult places to come," Ramsdale added. "We made mistakes, but that's the nature of life and football. We were penalized because that is what great teams do."

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