Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of the English Premier League table.
Liverpool’s win saw the Reds equal a club record of 12 consecutive Premier League wins and also end Arsenal’s 100% start to the season.
Arsenal could have taken the lead in the 10th minute when Adrian’s clearance fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the Gabon striker lifted his effort wide of goal.
10 minutes later Dani Ceballos’ clearance fell to Sadio Mane in Arsenal’s penalty area but his shot was well saved by Bernd Leno.
Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal’s £72 million signing, missed a good opportunity minutes later when Adrian saved his attempt from a one-on-one situation.
Liverpool took the lead through Cameroon defender Joel Matip who headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the right four minutes before halftime.
Liverpool was awarded a penalty shortly after the restart when David Luiz was penalised for pulling Salah’s shirt in the penalty box. Salah stepped up and sent Leno the wrong way to double Liverpool’s lead.
Salah then grabbed his brace tucking home from just inside the penalty box after a strong run down the right wing past Luiz and Nacho Monreal.
Substitute Lucas Torreira pulled a consolation for the visitors in the 85th minute drilling a shot in the penalty box.
“It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need against a team like Arsenal,” manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game.
Arsenal have now failed to win any of their previous 23 away league games against the so-called ‘Big six’ sides, losing 15 and drawing 8.
Liverpool will travel to Burnley for their next Premier League game on August 31 while Arsenal hosts Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season on September 1.