Anfield, Liverpool, England
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FT: The result means that Liverpool leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City to move into third on 52 points whilst Arsenal drop to fifth before the rest of the weekend’s matches.
FT: Arsenal created a number of good chances in the second-half but ultimately the decision to leave out Sánchez from the starting line-up has cost the Gunners. The Chilean created two great chances, finding Giroud, whose header forced Mignolet into fine save. Then Sánchez’s pass allowed Welbeck to pull a goal back. Arsenal will feel hard-done by Bobby Madley’s decision to leave Can on the pitch after his late challenge on Walcott when he was already on a booking but the Gunner never really looked like breaching the Liverpool defence again in truth.
FT: The Reds were slow to start in the second-half and were given a wake-up call after Arsenal pulled a goal back and went close on a few occasions. First Matip spurned a great chance when he miscued his header. Then Origi hit the post from a header following a freekick before Wijnaldum sealed the victory late-on.
FT: So Liverpool defeat Arsenal to leapfrog the Gunners and move into third.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+3′ Final Liverpool change sees Mané replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
90’+2′ Second Liverpool change see Lucas Leiva replace Lallana.
90’+1′ Goal!! After Matip blocks a Sánchez strike, Liverpool break with Lallana, who picks the eye-of-the-needle pass to find Origi, who squares the ball across the face of goal to Wijnaldum, who fires home past Čech.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
88′ Klavan wins a freekick after a foul from Bellerín.
87′ Lallana wins a freekick.
86′ Mané is caught offside.
83′ The delivery is met by Firmino, who heads the ball over the bar.
82′ Mané wins a corner.
82′ So close!! Milner’s delivery is met by Origi, who heads the ball against the post with Čech beaten.
81′ Origi wins a freekick.
79′ First Liverpool change sees Coutinho replaced by Divock Origi.
78′ The delivery is met by Mustafi but he heads off-target from an offside position.
77′ Walcott is brought down by a combination of Matip and Can, who was already on a booking but the referee opts not to brandish a second yellow card to the German. Xhaka is booked for dissent.
75′ Chance!! Coutinho’s inch-perfect delivery is met by Matip, but he miscues his header and his effort is easy for Čech.
74′ Mané wins a freekick in a good position.
73′ Double substitution for Arsenal sees Theo Walcott and Lucas Pérez replace Welbeck and Giroud.
73′ Firmino finds Coutinho, who gets the better of Koscielny before firing the ball over the bar.
71′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.
71′ Milner wins a corner.
67′ Can is booked for a cynical foul on Sánchez.
66′ Coutinho is penalised for a foul.
64′ Clyne miscues a cross and the ball goes out for a goalkick.
62′ Monreal is penalised for a foul on Mané.
60′ Welbeck is penalised for handball.
59′ Can is penalised for a foul on Sánchez.
59′ The delivery is cleared.
59′ Mustafi concedes a corner, clearing a teasing delivery from Coutinho over his own bar.
56′ Goal!! Sánchez plays Welbeck through on-goal and the striker has just Mignolet to beat and dinks the ball home past the keeper and the retreating Klavan on the line.
55′ Firmino is caught offside.
54′ Coutinho wins a corner.
53′ Coutinho’s freekick hits the wall before Wijnaldum’s effort is saved by Čech.
52′ Coutinho wins a freekick in a good position.
51′ The delivery is dangerous but Giroud is caught offside.
50′ Iwobi wins a freekick.
49′ Mané finds Firmino, who wonderfully loops the ball over two Arsenal players before his effort is blocked.
47′ Chance!! A teasing delivery from Sánchez is met by Giroud, whose header is palmed onto the woodwork by Mignolet before the Belgian gathers the loose ball.
45′ Liverpool get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Alexis Sánchez replaces Coquelin.
HT: So will Liverpool add to their tally or will Arsenal come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The next goal will be crucial and should Liverpool find it, they may put the game to bed. Should Arsenal score next, they may stand a chance of a coming back in the match but the visitors will need to improve drastically against a much untroubled Liverpool side.
HT: Liverpool are rather unfortunate to not be further ahead in this match, much to the credit of Čech, who has kept the scoreline low, although the Reds haven’t capitalised on their chances. As for Arsenal, they have Alexis Sánchez and Theo Walcott on the bench and will undoubtedly be summoned if the Arsenal performance fails to improve.
HT: Arsenal have created any clear-cut chances in the first-half despite getting into some promising positions. Their best chance fell to Coquelin following a corner, but his volley was tame and easy for Mignolet. Xhaka also fired the ball harmlessly over the bar.
HT: The Reds started well and created a number of good chances, the first of which ended in a goal as Mané found Firmino, who fired home. Then Čech excellently palmed Coutinho’s fierce effort over the bar before Mané drilled home Liverpool’s second. Coutinho then had a good chance to make it three just before the break when he wonderfully brought down the ball after a deflected effort from Lallana, but his effort was straight at Čech.
HT: So Liverpool are comfortably ahead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ The delivery is met by Klavan, but he heads the ball wide under-pressure.
45′ Coutinho fires an effort that deflects over the bar.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
43′ Chance!! Lallana fires a deflected effort that is expertly controlled by Coutinho, but his effort is instinctively saved well by Čech.
39′ Goal!! Liverpool work the ball well initially before Firmino finds Mané, who drills the ball home.
35′ Giroud is penalised for a foul on Can.
34′ Coquelin is booked for a cynical foul on Lallana.
33′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
32′ A Clyne cross is deflected behind for a corner.
29′ Xhaka fires an effort harmlessly off-target.
28′ The delivery is cleared before Can is penalised for a foul.
28′ Close!! Wijnaldum is fouled just outside the area and the referee plays the advantage as Coutinho fires an effort that Čech is forced to palm over the bar.
24′ The delivery is cleared.
23′ Milner concedes a corner.
23′ Firmino is caught just offside.
21′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.
20′ A teasing delivery from Oxlade-Chamberlain is adjudged to have been tipped behind by Mignolet under-pressure from Giroud.
18′ Iwobi is penalised for a foul.
16′ The delivery is initially cleared before a drilled cross from Coutinho evades everyone and goes out of play.
15′ Clyne wins a corner after his cross is blocked behind by Monreal.
13′ Lallana is caught offside.
12′ Mané is penalised for a foul on Koscielny.
10′ Coutinho is penalised for a foul.
9′ Goal!! Mané sends a teasing delivery into the danger-area that finds Firmino, who takes a touch before firing the ball home.
6′ Coquelin is penalised for a high foot on Coutinho and is fortunate to escape a booking.
4′ The corner is cleared into the path of Coquelin, whose volley is tame and easy for Mignolet.
3′ Matip clears a Bellerín cross behind to concede a corner.
2′ The corner is taken short before the visitors deal with the threat.
1′ Milner wins a corner after his corner is blocked by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
0′ Arsenal get the game underway.
Liverpool F.C.: Simon Mignolet (GK), James Milner, Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané
Arsenal F.C.: Petr Čech (GK), Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Héctor Bellerín, Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud