Here is the starting XI and player ratings.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (8) – The big decision was to press to the goalkeeper and he got that right. Arsenal struggled to get out of their own half, though the downside was that when they did, they were able to get real chances. The changes didn’t really help control the game, which was frustrating, but he made the tactical choice that won the game.
Adrian (6) – Some clear communication issues early on that suggest he doesn’t entirely know what he’s doing with his defenders yet. Needed to settle and rebounded with some good saves.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (8) – His crossing is always a threat. Set pieces have been really strong here.
Virgil van Dijk (6) – The dribbled past stat has ended. Someone has successfully dribbled past Virgil van Dijk. Let’s have a moment of silence to remember the dribbled past stat. To be honest this wasn’t his best work and Nicolas Pepe is the first player in ages and ages who looked to have his number.
Joel Matip (7) – Arsenal targeted Van Dijk’s side more frequently and thus Matip hasn’t been involved. Uneventful game for him for the most part. And then he scores a goal, so we’ll take that.
Andy Robertson (8) – Many of Liverpool’s best chances in the first half came from the left hand side. Robertson has been instrumental in this. The best player on the pitch in the early stages.
Jordan Henderson (6) – He has a tendency to make runs forward and destabilise Liverpool’s midfield a bit, and he hasn’t been offering enough quality in possession in return. You probably already have a fixed opinion on him.
Gini Wijnaldum (6) – We didn’t seen the good version of Gini early in this game. Been largely anonymous. Some brighter moments in the second half.
Fabinho (6) – He was in a somewhat difficult spot as Arsenal’s diamond system makes him easy for Ceballos to press. But he did relatively well in those circumstances.
Roberto Firmino (8) – He’s as mad as ever. Never change, Bobby.
Sadio Mane (7) – He’s been involved and looked like the most likely person to break the deadlock early on. Didn’t happen but kept going.
Mohamed Salah (8) – Wasn’t his game in the first half. Arsenal were getting pretty tight to him. Didn’t affect his focus when he put the penalty away. Then he found some more space against tired legs and there was only going to be one outcome.
James Milner (6) – Does what he does. You know you’re getting at this point.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6) – Still doesn’t look completely fit, but made a good effort and it’s positive to see him back.
Adam Lallana (n/a) — Not enough time on the pitch to give him a score.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Roberto Firmino — Not an obvious choice as he didn’t get on the scoresheet, but his contribution was huge. This was a game where Liverpool deliberately pressed to the opposition goalkeeper and attempted to stifle Arsenal’s buildup all the way. There is no one in this Liverpool team or maybe even in world football better at pressing from the front and linking it to wide forwards than Firmino. Liverpool don’t exist without him doing what he does.