Liverpool opted for craft over guile in midfield with Coutinho in instead of Allen in a very attacking line-up featuring SaS, Sterling and the Brazlian. Arsenal had Ozil in as well as the usual suspects for a mouth-watering clash at Anfield.
A bright start with Saurez nicking in front of Mertesacker on his blind side and jhe wins a free kick. Gerrard puts in a quality ball and Skrtel thighs it in the net for a goal and its 1-0 to Liverpool! Come on your redmen! Arsenal look to come straight back into it and Skrtel makes an excellent tackle to stop Giroud having a 1 on 1 with Mignolet. Sturridge breaks quickly on an excellent run and forces the save – excellent fast start from Liverpool.
As the game settles Arsenal have a chance as Mignolet palms out unnecessarily instead of catching the ball. Flanagan breaks through with an excellent ball from Sturridge as Liverpool look dangerous on the break and the ball goes out for a corner. The corner comes in and it’s Skrtel again with an excellent header to make it 2-0 to Liverpool. Liverpool nearly make it 3 and it should be with Saurez putting it through for Sturridge who lefts it over the keeper but wide of the post. Then they are in again with Sterling firing across the goal with Liverpool threatening to run away with it. They play the ball out and Saurez smashes a shot against the post from well out that nearly broke the goal.
Brilliant break again by Liverpool with the ball coming across from Saurez to Sterling for 3-0 with Liverpool absolutely rocking. It isn’t long before Liverpool are at it again, Coutinho plays a brilliant through ball to Sturridge and he passes it into the net for the best start i can ever remember. 20 minutes not even gone and its 4-0 to Liverpool. The game begins to settle a little but Liverpool are swarming over Arsenal when they have the ball and are hounding Arsenal. The game settles and 15 minutes go without a goal…. Arsenal have yet to have a meaningful shot on target as the first half plays out. Liverpool are nearly at it again as Sterling breaks quickly but it falls to nothing.
The first half whistle blows to a standing ovation from the Liverpool fans and for good reason, it’s 4-0 and it could be 7, Arsenal have not had a shot. What a shame that Saurez shot didn’t go in because that would have been goal of the season.
The 2nd half gets under way and Wilshire goes on a run and Henderson brings him down for the first booking of the game. Carzola hits a free kick and the ball goes out for a corner with Toure clearing well. Sturridge gets in well but takes a deflection for a corner which comes to nothing. A good break by Toure and he clips a great ball to Sterling who hits it but the keeper saves and the ball comes out to him and he hits it into an empty net, 5-0 to Liverpool.
Liverpool look dangerous on the break and Saurez is brought down by Koscienly. The resulting free kick nearly gets his hat trick but the ball goes outside the post. Chamberlain goes on a good run which results in a corner. Arsenal have their first shot on taget with Chamberlain hitting a grss cutter which is easily saved by Mignolet. Wilshere gets booked for hacking down Sterling in frustration. Saurez trys a cheeky free kick after faking to cross and the keeper does well to save it in the end and the ball goes out for a corner. Flanagan hits a great pass to Sturridge but he was off side. Flanagan is having a great game and his passing has been excellent.
Sturridge is replaced by Allen after 65 minutes as Liverpool look to rest some players. Coutinho zigs and zags with some excellent footwork and releases Henderson with a great ball but he can only scuff it wide. Liverpool lose the ball in possession and Gerrard brings down Chamberlain for a penalty to Arsenal. He knocks it straight down the middle for a goal to Arsenal. Arsenal look a better aside and Mignolet does well to save a good free kick. Liverpool aren’t residing though and Coutinho smashes the ball straight at the Arsenal keeper. Gerrard makes way for Ibe has Liverpool can afford to rest another player.
The game flows without much action and Saurez is replaced by Asapas to give him the ovation he deserves, although as usual he looks annoyed to be missing some minutes. Sterling quickly breaks and hits it one side and goes the other and the keeper just saves it and the ball goes out for a corner. Sterling has had an excellent game and gets the motm from Owen. The game finishes with Liverpool nearly scoring a 6th as Cissokho surges in after a brilliant one, two, and three but doesn’t find the far post.