Liverpool player ratings as Mohamed Salah scores an 8 while Virgil van Dijk gets a 7

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Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield.

Joel Matip scored the opener in the first half before a Mohamed Salah double in the second. Substitute Lucas Torreira grabbed a late consolation for the Gunners.

How did the Liverpool players perform individually? We take a look.

ADRIAN: Never looked entirely secure but made a couple of decent saves and was not at fault for the goal. 6/10

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD: Given a huge amount of space going forward and sent in plenty of crosses but did not find his range until the corner that set up the opening goal. 7

VIRGIL VAN DIJK: Did not look entirely comfortable playing against livewire Nicolas Pepe but commanded the back line well as usual and was a threat at the other end. 7

JOEL MATIP: Matip is not known for his ability in front of goal but it was a fine header to put Liverpool ahead. Played in an unusually advanced role in the first half due to the Reds’ dominance. 7

ANDY ROBERTSON: Sent in a dangerous cross in the opening moments but after that did not really take advantage of the space afforded to him. 6

FABINHO: A key reason for the dominance of Liverpool’s midfield. A strong showing from the Brazilian. 7

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM: Teamed up very well with Wijnaldum to ensure Liverpool kept the heat on virtually throughout the game. 7

JORDAN HENDERSON: Showed his talents in attack with some fine passes. Caught out a couple of times in the first half, allowing Arsenal to break. 6

SADIO MANE: A relatively quiet afternoon for the in-form forward, who shot straight at Bernd Leno with his best opportunity. 6

MOHAMED SALAH: A performance showing what Salah at his best is all about. Won and then took the penalty brilliantly before beating the Arsenal defence with a wonderful solo goal. 8

ROBERTO FIRMINO: One flick and shot had Anfield purring. Heavily involved without engineering a clear-cut chance himself. 7


JAMES MILNER (for Wijnaldum, 69): Mr Dependable. Produced one excellent block. 6

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Mane, 77): A brief chance to impress against his former club. 5

ADAM LALLANA (for Firmino, 86): Came on when Liverpool were on the defensive. 5

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