Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1 – Gunners battered by first-half onslaught
Arsenal have no answer to Liverpool’s attacking prowess, with the contest over after twenty minutes
February 8th, 2014
Liverpool came out of the traps flying for the second home game running, with Arsenal suffering a similar fate to Everton as they failed to cope with Brendan Rodgers’ attacking players.
The Gunners arrived at Anfield boasting a strong defensive record although centre halves Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker had afternoons to forget, with Liverpool ahead in the first minute of the game.
Steven Gerrard’s whipped free-kick found the head of Martin Skrtel who has able to steer the ball home, while it was the same combination which saw the Merseyside team double their lead, with the Slovakian able to head into the net on this occasion.
Liverpool sniffed blood and a square pass from Luis Suarez found Raheem Sterling who was able to turn the ball in from close range, while Daniel Sturridge got in on the act before the 20th minute mark to put the home team out of sight.
Arsenal were able to regroup for the rest of the half, although the visitors struggled to create too much in the way of meaningful chances, with Arsene Wenger making a triple substitution in the second half.
The London side did score a consolation goal thanks to a Mikel Arteta penalty after Steven Gerrard had felled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the penalty area, although Liverpool has scored a fifth by that stage after Sterling scored with a second bite of the cherry.
Rodgers’ team now move within five points of the top flight summit and aren’t without a chance of winning the Premier League title, while their grip on a top four spot grows stronger after this result.