Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal RATINGS: A night to forget for Aubameyang but Trent Alexander-Arnold shines

Liverpool made it three wins out of three with a 3-1 comeback win over fellow high-flyers Arsenal.

Despite dominating the opening stages of the game, it was Mikel Arteta’s Gunners who took the lead in the first-half when Alexandre Lacazette finished off a fine team move with a scuffed finish over Alisson

But the Reds turned the game on its head before half-time thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson, before Diogo Jota sealed his first Premier League appearance for the Premier League champions with a match-sealing third late on.

Sportsmail rates each player who took to the field at Anfield…

Liverpool continued their fine start to the season with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield

Liverpool continued their fine start to the season with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker – What he does so well is burst into life when needed and made a couple of super interventions in the second period – 7.5

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Ran the game from right-back, an assist for Robertson, some glorious deliveries and a shot that struck the bar – 8.5

Joe Gomez – Stepped back into his position with the minimum of fuss, be good to see him get a prolonged sequence of starts now – 7

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) ran the game from right-back and laid on an assist

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) ran the game from right-back and laid on an assist

Virgil Van Dijk – You watch him sometimes and think he finds it all too easy; looked like he was never out of second gear – 7.5

Andrew Robertson – If you are going to make a mistake that leads to a goal, the best way to atone is with a goal of your own – 7

Gini Wijnaldum – Quietly effective, nothing out of the ordinary but kept the team ticking along as he usually does – 6.5

Fabinho – He might just be the best central defensive midfielder in Europe, cruised through the cost in imperious fashion – 8

Fabinho (left)'s performance might just prove he is one of the best midfielders in Europe

Fabinho (left)’s performance might just prove he is one of the best midfielders in Europe

Naby Keita – Some nice moments and good use of the ball but you watch him and feel like there is so much more to come – 6.5

Mohamed Salah – No goals but was strong and he was quick and he’s started the season in blistering form – 8

Roberto Firmino – Gets said he doesn’t score enough but without him, Liverpool aren’t the same team. Arsenal didn’t know how to contain him – 7

Mohammed Salah (right) was not on the scoresheet but was still one of the best on the pitch

Mohammed Salah (right) was not on the scoresheet but was still one of the best on the pitch

Sadio Mane – Perhaps fortunate to only be booked for an early elbow and that was a blot on a relentless evening when he scored again – 7

Subs: Adrian (GK), Minamino, Jones, Milner, Jota, Origi, Williams

Manager: Jurgen Klopp – You can see in his face that he still believes there is room for improvement but he had his team drilled perfectly and this was a statement of intent – 7

ARSENAL (3-4-3)

Bernd Leno – Needed to be stronger for Liverpool’s first goal, weakly palming the ball into Mane’s path – 5

Rob Holding – Much better than in the Community Shield against the same opponents, resilient and made some crucial interventions – 6.5

David Luiz – One superb moment to read a Van Dijk header and this was so much better than his nightmare here 12 months ago – 6

David Luiz (second right) was still on the losing side but was much improved at centre-back

David Luiz (second right) was still on the losing side but was much improved at centre-back

Kieran Tierney – Left isolated by the system and received no help in his forlorn attempts to keep hold of Salah – 5

Hector Bellerin – Spent the evening working out how to keep Robertson and Mane in check but not to any great success – 5.5

Granit Xhaka – Couple of big tackles early on but spent the rest of the time being harangued and was eventually replaced – 5

Mohamed Elneny – Most industrious member of Arsenal’s midfield, worked so hard to try and repel the Red tide – 6

Mohammed Elneny (right) was one of the more industrious members in the Arsenal midfield

Mohammed Elneny (right) was one of the more industrious members in the Arsenal midfield

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Didn’t know whether he was a wing-back or a full-back and should have worked in tandem with Tierney – 5

Willian – Frustrating night for the Brazilian, got no change out of Robertson and saw very little of the ball in an attacking sense – 5.5

Alexander Lacazette – Alert, as every good striker should be, to take advantage of a gift but wasted a chance to score a second – 6

Alex Lacazette was alert to give Arsenal the lead but should have added more later in the game

Alex Lacazette was alert to give Arsenal the lead but should have added more later in the game

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – That Arsenal only touched the ball twice in Liverpool’s penalty area in the first 45 minutes tells how quiet he was – 5

Subs: Runarsson (GK), Saka, Gabriel, Pepe, Nketiah, Kolasinac

Manager: Mikel Arteta – Had to ditch his plan to contain Liverpool but the introduction of Ceballos for Xhaka gave Arsenal some belated impetus – 6

Referee: Craig Pawson – He will be relieved that it was a night that was free of controversy but right to ask whether he let Mane off lightly in the first half – 6

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