Liverpool thrash Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield

Premier League
Saturday 08 February 2014 - 12:45 pm
Anfield
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Liverpool destroyed Arsenal in just 19 first half minutes - and £40,000,001 Wenger target Suarez didn't even need to score.

It was men against boys as the reds comprehensively took apart the North Londoners who were unable to cope with LFC's aggression, pace, power and clinical finishing.

Such was Liverpool's dominance that the game was effectively over after just a quarter of the game gone.

No changes to the 18 man squad from last week's draw at West Brom.  Johnson, Agger and Sakho still all out injured.

The history of this fixture was not kind for the reds, Liverpool failing to win against Arsenal at Anfield in the last 6 league attempts.

But the reds started in explosive fashion.  A Steven Gerrard free kick from out wide was sent straight into the danger zone and Martin Skrtel forced the ball into the net.

In the 8th minute the reds did it again.  Gerrard's cross powerfully headed in by Martin Skrtel - who was now in the hunt for a hat-trick.

Liverpool were everywhere.  They were winning every tackle, not allowing Arsenal to settle, and in the 15th minute Henderson worked hard to win the ball back.  Suarez then sent over a world class defence splitting pass and Raheem Sterling fired in to make it 3-0.

Four minutes later, all before the 20th minute remember, and it was 4-0.  A fantastic through ball from Coutinho found Sturridge who neatly finished past the hapless Arsenal keeper.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Liverpool had plenty more chances in the half.  Luis Suarez should have opened his account with a thunderous shot that rebound off the post and nearly wiped out Kolo Toure.

The atmosphere at Anfield was highly charged and the half time applause began a minute before the referee's whistle.

How would the second half go? Would Arsenal get themselves back involved?

The answer was clear to see just 5 minutes into the second half when Sterling popped up to grab his second and Liverpool's fifth.

All over.

Raheem Sterling celebrates his second goal and Liverpool's 5th

Raheem Sterling celebrates his second goal and Liverpool's 5th

Arsenal grabbed a late consolation from the penalty spot. Gerrard giving away the spot kick and Arteta converting.

But Liverpool eased through the rest of the game - giving opportunities to rest Sturridge, Gerrard and Suarez ahead of next weeks' two trips to the capital.

After Fulham in midweek LFC will travel to Arsenal - giving them a great change for revenge in the FA Cup - or for us to hand out another demolition.

LFC now have 50 points from 25 games.  Only the second time in the last ten years this target has been reached.

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