Jurgen Klopp was beaming after Liverpool's 3-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League as he praised his team's desire, passion and power.

Table-topping Liverpool preserved their 100 per cent record thanks to Mohamed Salah's brace against Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

Joel Matip opened the scoring before Salah's second-half brace as Liverpool won their 12th successive Premier League match – breaking a club record.

Lucas Torreira scored a consolation with five minutes remaining but Liverpool – who moved three points clear atop the table – were not to be denied on Merseyside.

"I was really happy with a lot of parts of the game; I think everything we did well in the first four games we did tonight for longer, more precise and better tuned," Reds manager Klopp said.

"I loved the desire, the passion, the power and the energy that we put into this game. It made us really uncomfortable to play against, which is what we wanted and so we deserved the first goal. It was a very determined header as well; I don't know how many people held on Virgil [Van Dijk] in that moment, it looked like they built something around him, but Joel was there – big Joel – and made a fantastic goal. I think it was a deserved result for half-time.

"In the second half then, there was the clear penalty. We played nice passes and we were there with a lot of good moments, football moments, today – but you need these decisive moments.

"The penalty was nicely taken and then the third goal is just incredible again – a really, really good goal. So, pretty much the story of the game; we could have controlled it better, that’s probably our real challenge. [When we were 3-0 up] Arsenal didn’t really press anymore, they were deep, together, and we passed the ball into their legs and that makes no sense.

"We were still in a kind of an attacking mood, so we have to prepare these situations better. We have a lot to improve but it was a big step tonight as well, so I am really happy. One question and such a long answer!"

While Salah stole the headlines with two goals in the second half, Klopp lauded Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.

"Roberto Firmino what a player he is, unbelievable," Klopp added. "I am really happy with the performance. I did not see a bad player tonight or a player that played under his level. Fabinho played sensational."

Almost everything about Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday was predictable.

It was vintage Arsenal, but for all the wrong reasons.

The Gunners made a fist of it for 41 minutes – by which point they were 3-0 down on their last visit to Anfield - yet once Liverpool were ahead through Joel Matip, it just looked a matter of how many they would score.

Ultimately the Reds made do with a comfortable two-goal cushion, with Lucas Torreira getting a late consolation after coming on as a substitute.

But Arsenal found themselves clinging on at times in the second half, with the match affirming many pre-match expectations.

 

Pepe's party tricks undermined when it mattered

No doubt supporters will have been excited by the prospect of seeing club-record signing Nicolas Pepe line up for the first time since his £72million move from Lille.

The Ivory coast international joined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack and he cannot be accused of going missing.

After all, he became the first player in 50 matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the first half, before going on a brilliant run that saw him make a mockery of Andrew Robertson's attempt at defending.

However, the latter situation also presented him with a glorious chance to score in a one-on-one situation. His lack of composure was alarming for a player who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term, as he took his shot too early and fired straight at Adrian.

There's no doubt he has ability and some of his touches proved as much, though the performance was closer to impersonating former Gunner Gervinho, rather than the legendary Thierry Henry.

 

Arsenal's recruitment issues laid bare

It was Pepe's first Premier League start – he should improve with time.

But that does not change the perception Arsenal would have been wiser splashing £72m on other areas of the squad, rather than on an attack that already includes Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

David Luiz's hapless showing is the case in point.

The Brazilian, brought in as Laurent Koscielny's replacement, was presumably supposed to add the knowledge provided by 'experience', but signing a centre-back with his track record when trying to shore up a leaky defence is akin to using paper to cover a burst pipe.

He was all over the place at Anfield, conceding a penalty by pulling Mohamed Salah's shirt before being left for dead by the Egyptian for his second goal.

 

Aubameyang a flat-track bully?

Arsenal fans generally consider themselves lucky to have Aubameyang. After all, he has been an excellent signing in terms of his output.

However, there have certainly been doubts raised about his effectiveness against the top sides. The Gabon striker has managed just three goals in 14 games against the Premier League's so-called 'big six'.

Against the rest of the teams he has played against in the top flight, Aubameyang has netted 31 in 38 matches, averaging a goal every 94 minutes.

He threatened a few times at Anfield but was nowhere near ruthless enough, letting Adrian get away with a poor clearance when he sent a lobbed effort wide of an open goal in the first period.

He then took an age to make a decision after the break when played through on goal, allowing Joel Matip to make a last-ditch tackle. Aubameyang's blushes were spared somewhat by the flag eventually going up for offside.

 

Reds silence Gunners… Again

Perhaps most predictable of all was that Arsenal simply lost against Liverpool.

The Gunners have not won at Anfield since 2012, their barren streak including losing 4-0, 4-1 and 5-1 (twice).

Before this weekend, Arsenal had won just three games against the 'big six' under Unai Emery. While Saturday was technically an improvement on the 5-1 battering last season from Arsenal's perspective, that's hardly a ringing endorsement of the Spaniard's side.

Next up: Tottenham in the north London derby.

Jurgen Klopp was delighted by his side's display in their 3-1 win over Arsenal but says they are not "Disneyland" and do not need to always produce scintillating football.

Joel Matip's header and Mohamed Salah's second-half brace made it three wins from three for the Reds in the Premier League, moving them three points clear of their visitors at the top of the table.

Liverpool finished the game on the back foot, with Lucas Torreira scoring a consolation for the Gunners, but Klopp believes his side deserves credit for the way they dominated the game for the first 80 minutes.

"We are not Disneyland; we do not need to excite everyone in every second," he told Sky Sports.

"The last 10 minutes I saw the possession – 53 to 47 or something like that – but over 80 minutes it must have been completely different. For 80 minutes we were completely in charge of the game.

"It was a brilliant game from my side so early in the season. It was outstanding. It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need to have against a team like Arsenal.

"We were a bit surprised by their system. We couldn't know that they would play a diamond, but we switched things around and coped very well.

"We had enough bodies and legs to put them under pressure. We had the full-backs really high. The boys did what we wanted them to do and scored wonderful goals.

"Our identity is intensity and we showed that today."

Klopp was disappointed to have conceded a late consolation goal but says it will not detract from a superb win.

"I would have loved to have it [a clean sheet], but things can happen," he added. "They're a quality side, Arsenal.

"I didn't see that many chances, but we were really in charge and completely deserved the win."

Jordan Henderson says Liverpool are not interested in laying down a marker to the rest of the Premier League, insisting their focus is simply on winning games.

The Reds continued their excellent start to the season on Saturday, easing past Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield to register a third consecutive top-flight win in 2019-20.

Henderson is refusing to get carried away, though, and says he is not concerned about sending a message to their title rivals.

Asked by BBC's Match of the Day if last season's runners-up had made a statement with their start, Henderson said: "I don't really care. It is about performing and winning. Each week we want to step on the grass and focus on winning. That is all the focus is on.

"It was a really good performance overall. If we are being critical, we are disappointed with the goal but overall delighted with the three points."

Joel Matip got Liverpool on their way with a powerful header before Mohamed Salah added two more, and the Cameroon international was pleased with the Reds' patience.

"It was a tough game against a deep-lying and high-quality team," he told Sky Sports.

"If a team is standing on the edge of the box with eight players, it's hard for any team to get through. You need time to find space.

"After three games it doesn't say too much. We've won the first three games and now we're looking forward to Burnley [next Saturday]."

Liverpool's 3-1 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday saw the Reds set a new club record of 12 consecutive wins in the Premier League.

An 11-match winning streak between February and April in 2014 under Brendan Rodgers was their previous record, with the current Liverpool squad matching that last week when beating Southampton 2-1 away from home.

Their run broke new ground on Saturday as Joel Matip's header and Mohamed Salah's second-half brace ensured the Reds moved three points clear of Unai Emery's side at the top of the Premier League table.

Despite both sides going into the game with maximum points from their opening two games, Liverpool were considered heavy favourites given the Gunners' wretched record at Anfield.

Arsenal have not won away to Liverpool since 2012, losing 4-0, 4-1 and 5-1 twice in that period, while they have now conceded 25 times in their last seven league visits.

The European champions can extend their winning sequence further at Burnley next Saturday, while Arsenal will hope to bounce back at home to rivals Tottenham in the north London derby the following day.

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent Premier League record by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.

Joel Matip's header and Salah's second-half brace ensured the Reds moved three points clear at the top of the table, with the Gunners staying second despite suffering a fourth straight away defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League.

Although Lucas Torreira recorded an 85th-minute reply, Liverpool's victory means they have won 12 consecutive Premier League matches, breaking the club's record in the competition, while they are now up to 42 home league games without defeat.

Adrian's gaffe in the 2-1 win against Southampton did not cost Liverpool last time out but he was at fault again in the early stages, racing out of his goal to slice a clearance straight to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who could only lob a bouncing ball just wide.

Mistakes continued to come at both ends. Dani Ceballos gifted Sadio Mane a chance but the forward fired his shot too close to Bernd Leno, then Jordan Henderson's lapse allowed Nicolas Pepe to race away, though he could not beat Adrian.

Liverpool took the lead in the 41st minute, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz distracted by Virgil van Dijk and leaving Matip to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold's right-wing delivery, with another corner from the full-back headed over by Sadio Mane before the break.

Arsenal were unable to cope with Liverpool after the restart, David Luiz pulling back Salah in the box with the forward hammering the resulting penalty into the top-left corner.

Salah then span away from the Brazilian centre-back on Liverpool’s right flank, cut inside and slotted a trademark left-footed finish across Leno to make it 3-0.

Only Liverpool easing up prevented further Anfield misery for Unai Emery's men, with substitute Torreira beating an unsighted Adrian from inside the box for a late consolation.

 

What does it mean? Arsenal's false dawn

Battling victories over Newcastle United and Burnley indicated Arsenal had finally found a way to grind out wins, but this was much more like their brittle old selves. Liverpool cut them open time and time again, with Aubameyang and record buy Pepe cut adrift in attack.

As for Liverpool, it was business as usual in this fixture. They have now scored 25 times in Arsenal's last seven Premier League visits and Jurgen Klopp's European champions look strong title contenders once again.


Salah in the groove

The Egypt superstar did not have a huge impact on the first half but burst into life following the resumption. Salah's penalty was emphatic and he eviscerated David Luiz for his third Premier League goal of the season.


Back to earth with a bump for Ceballos

Ceballos recorded two assists against Burnley last time out in a star performance that had some hailing him as the successor to Santi Cazorla. But, facing a side who press as ferociously as Liverpool, the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder gave the ball away in poor positions far too often.


What's next?

Liverpool go to Burnley next Saturday in their final game before the first international break of the season, while Arsenal must bounce back when they host Tottenham in the north London derby.

Crystal Palace recorded the biggest shock of the new Premier League season by winning away to Manchester United thanks to Patrick van Aanholt's stoppage-time strike.

Roy Hodgson's men had taken only one point from their opening two games but triumphed 2-1 at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford missing the first penalty of his career.

Chelsea recorded their first victory under Frank Lampard by winning 3-2 away to Norwich City in the early game, with table-toppers Liverpool and Arsenal facing off in the late kick-off.

Prior to the game at Anfield, all five away teams won in the top flight on Saturday - Southampton, Leicester City and West Ham defeated Brighton and Hove Albion, Sheffield United and Watford respectively.

PENALTY PROBLEMS PERSIST FOR SOLSKJAER'S SIDE

United dominated at home to Palace, yet lost Luke Shaw to injury and found themselves beaten by a pair of goals scored on the break – securing Palace their maiden Premier League victory at the home of the Red Devils.

Having been pegged back at Wolves on Monday, United again struggled for attacking fluency. Rashford endured a difficult day in attack and Jordan Ayew's first-half goal opened the scoring against the run of play.

Replays appeared to show United should have been given a penalty when Martin Kelly seemed to drag Anthony Martial to the ground in the box, but they could not take advantage when Paul Tierney did point to the spot when Luka Milivojevic felled Scott McTominay.

Paul Pogba failed to score a penalty at Molineux after Rashford threw him the ball and this time the England striker stepped up, his effort crashing back off the inside of the post.

United did level late on, Daniel James curling home a beauty after he was booked for simulation for the second time this term, but Palace snatched it at the death when David de Gea let Van Aanholt's drive through his hands.


YOUNG LIONS GET LAMPARD UP AND RUNNING

Chelsea were winless in their first three games under Frank Lampard but triumphed in a five-goal thriller at Carrow Road thanks to two of their youngsters.

Mason Mount scored for the second Premier League game in a row yet it was Tammy Abraham who grabbed the headlines with a brace, including the winner.

Norwich equalised twice, the second time thanks to Teemu Pukki's fifth Premier League goal of the season, but were overpowered by the Blues in the end.

HALLER OFF THE MARK AS WATFORD LOSE AGAIN

Sebastien Haller scored his first Premier League goals as he scored twice in West Ham's 3-1 win at Watford, with Javi Gracia's side bottom of the table following a third straight defeat.

Southampton were also without a point after two matches but Moussa Djenepo inspired them to a 2-0 victory at Brighton, scoring within two minutes of his arrival as a second-half substitute. Nathan Redmond wrapped up the result in added time.

Harvey Barnes' stunning strike earned Leicester their first Premier League win of the season, firing home a first-time thunderbolt after Oliver McBurnie's header cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener at Bramall Lane.

Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe is set for his first Premier League start after being named in the team to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Pepe, 24, joined the Gunners from Lille for £72million earlier this month but had been kept in reserve with coach Unai Emery only affording him a couple of substitute appearances in Arsenal's first two games.

But after catching the eye with some clever touches and flashes of excitement against Burnley, he is set to be let loose by Emery as the Premier League's top two tussle at Anfield.

Arsenal fans will have to wait to see Pepe starting alongside both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, however.

The Frenchman is benched despite scoring last time out, leaving Aubameyang to lead the line.

The only other change to the side is Granit Xhaka replacing Reiss Nelson, bolstering the midfield.

There are few surprises in the Liverpool starting XI. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who signed a new long-term contract this week – is left on the bench against his former side.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane lead the line along with Roberto Firmino, the scorer of eight goals in as many games against the Gunners.

Arsenal are aiming to claim a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2012.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal have become genuine title contenders following the recruitment of "amazing" new players.

The only two teams boasting 100 per cent Premier League records this season square off in a tantalising encounter at Anfield on Saturday.

Gunners boss Unai Emery could mark the occasion with a first start for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, having handed home debuts to David Luiz and the impressive Dani Ceballos in last weekend's 2-1 win over Burnley.

Kieran Tierney and young forward Gabriel Martinelli have also joined the north London side, leaving Klopp with "zero doubt" that Arsenal are stronger than last season.

"They have recruited amazing talent this summer," Klopp wrote in Liverpool's official matchday programme.

"It's one of the reasons why I haven't liked the 'external' focus in pre-season being on just a couple of clubs contesting for honours this season.

"To me this made no sense at all. It's a complete nonsense if you don't view this Arsenal, with this manager, as being one of the best teams in the country.

"They have everything required to go the distance and I think it's why we are in for such an exciting season in the Premier League.

"The good news for me and the staff here at Liverpool is that our players do not need reminding today that they face a world-class opponent."

Arsenal finished fifth last season, 27 points adrift of runners-up Liverpool.

The Reds commenced the new campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich City followed by a 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Liverpool and Arsenal are neck and neck at the top of the Premier League after two games but on Saturday the Gunners visit Anfield, where they have a terrible recent record.

Since their last win away to Liverpool some seven years ago, Arsenal have been on the end of heavy and humbling defeats, including 4-0 and 5-1 losses on their two previous visits.

They do have some good modern memories of the stadium - Andrey Arshavin scored all four Gunners goals in a Premier League classic that ended 4-4 - but overall Liverpool have certainly had the edge in this fixture.

Ahead of the enticing clash between the early pacesetters, we look back at Arsenal's last six Premier League trips to Anfield where they have conceded a whopping 22 goals, although only once have they failed to score themselves.


Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: February 8, 2014

This thrashing started the hoodoo. Arsenal were top of the league when they visited Anfield only to be completely humiliated by Brendan Rodgers' rampant Reds.

Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez formed an unplayable front three for Liverpool and it was 4-0 inside 20 minutes, Martin Skrtel striking twice from set-pieces.

Liverpool finished two points behind Manchester City that season after imploding in the final weeks of the campaign, with the two sides likely to do battle again this season in a title race into which Arsenal will hope to force their way.


Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: December 21, 2014

Skrtel's 97th-minute equaliser earned the Reds a 2-2 draw in this one, with Liverpool scoring in extended stoppage time played due to the Slovakian defender sustaining a head injury earlier in the game.

Remarkably enough, this is the only time Arsenal have conceded fewer than three goals in their past six trips to Anfield.


Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal: January 13, 2016

This was the last time Arsenal avoided defeat in the Premier League at Anfield, but they still shipped three goals against Jurgen Klopp's men. Roberto Firmino scored twice with Olivier Giroud also claiming a brace, but the Reds needed a late Joe Allen strike to salvage a draw.

This proved a key day in the title race, with Arsenal seeing their lead from Leicester City at the top of the table disappear. The Foxes, inspirationally led by Claudio Ranieri, went on to win the league by 10 points from the Gunners in one of sport's most improbable title triumphs, while Liverpool finished eighth under Klopp having sacked Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.


Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: March 4, 2017

The two sides were fighting it out for Champions League qualification when they met at Anfield towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but it was Liverpool who came out on top.

Firmino struck again – he has scored eight times in as many appearances against the Gunners – and he set up Sadio Mane to make it 2-0, before Danny Welbeck hit back for Arsenal. Georginio Wijnaldum struck late to secure victory and Liverpool pipped Arsenal to fourth place by a point.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: August 27, 2017

Arsene Wenger's last league visit to Anfield ended in a 4-0 thrashing as Klopp's men ran riot. Firmino opened the scoring, with Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting before Sturridge wrapped things up.

This defeat meant Arsenal had lost two of their first three games of the 2017-18 season, at the end of which the Frenchman ended his long reign.


Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: December 29, 2018

In the most recent meeting last December, Arsenal actually opened the scoring with Ainsley Maitland-Niles putting them in front, but then they collapsed in spectacular fashion. Firmino scored twice in quick succession, with Mane and Salah also on target before the break.

Firmino completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the interval as the Reds moved nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table, a lead Manchester City eventually reeled in over the second half of the season to defend their title.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of "goal machine" Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of facing Arsenal on Saturday.

Klopp and Aubameyang spent two seasons together at Borussia Dortmund, the coach heading to Anfield in 2015 and the forward joining Arsenal in January 2018.

Aubameyang has impressed during his time in the Premier League, scoring 43 goals in 67 games in all competitions for Arsenal.

Klopp knows what his former forward is capable of, talking up Aubameyang ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between the clubs at Anfield.

"Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style. I'm really glad it has worked out well for him, because I really like him," he told UK newspapers.

"I didn't think abut the Premier League when I signed him for Dortmund. He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, we needed a number nine because [Robert] Lewandowski left us. We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing and we played with [Ciro] Immobile as well.

"Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a number nine, as well. It was not immediate like this, he developed incredibly and became a goal machine."

Klopp, whose team and Arsenal were the only sides to win their opening two Premier League games, praised Aubameyang's progress as a player.

"I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting," he said.

"He plays now on the wing in a 4-2-3-1 which means he has to defend too and he is ready for that. He is a really good player."

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool's start to the season as "so far, so okay", as the table-topping Reds prepare to welcome Arsenal to Anfield.

European champions Liverpool lead the Premier League after two matches, having thrashed Norwich City 4-1 and then scraped by Southampton 2-1 last week.

Klopp's side also lost the Community Shield on penalties to Manchester City and beat Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final by the same method.

At this early stage of the season, the Reds boss has seen plenty of positives but knows there are areas in need of improvement, with Arsenal - also on two wins from two - up next.

"Parts of [the start to the season] I am really happy with," he told a news conference. "It's exactly the same as the beginning of last season, when we had sensational results but people asked me about the performances.

"To make the next step, first you have to reach the level of last year, the last level you had. That's what we are trying to do, but that doesn't mean after the summer break it is immediately like this.

"We know we can improve, but it's not about being perfect at the start of the season, it's about being ready, and we were. Now we work on being perfect. We may never reach it, but we work.

"Against City, second half was really good. Against Norwich, 60 minutes was really good then we obviously didn't know any more how to control a game. That was not perfect, true.

"Then we played Chelsea, in difficult circumstances but we won the game.

"Then last week, Southampton was one of the most challenging games I've had so far. The only game I can remember similar was when we came from Spain in the Europa League and played Swansea. I liked that game as well.

"Southampton had chances but that's football. We don't go into a game and think it's not allowed that the opposition shoot at our goal, that's not how defending works. That's what you have a goalie for.

"There are a lot of positive things, but a lot of space for improvement, too. It's a team sport, and you have to work. Then let's play football.

"So far, so okay, not more. Now let's go again against Arsenal."

The Premier League transfer window closed without Liverpool doing major business, but they could yet lose Dejan Lovren, who had been linked with Roma.

Klopp said he "surprisingly" had no update on Lovren, adding when pushed again later on: "Nice try. No comment."

Discussing the differing transfer windows, Klopp said: "I don't care when it closes, but it must close at the same time. That was the idea in the first place.

"They spoke about finishing it before the season starts - good idea - but only England did it. That makes no sense."

Alisson is walking without crutches but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains determined not to rush the goalkeeper back into action.

The Brazil international suffered a calf injury during the opening fixture of the Premier League season against Norwich City a fortnight ago.

Deputy keeper Adrian came on as a substitute and started the penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and the 2-1 league victory at Southampton last weekend.

The former West Ham man saved from Tammy Abraham in the Super Cup but committed an error to gift Southampton a goal and put Liverpool's win under threat.

Alisson has resumed fitness work in the gym, but Klopp appears ready to be patient over his return.

"Not that close," Klopp said of the 26-year-old on Friday when asked how near he was to playing again.

"I had lunch with him today so at least he can eat! He looks good, good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don't know how long exactly.

"[There is] No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date. We didn't ask [the medical department]; we want to give him the time he needs.

"At the beginning, he was on crutches, which is normal with the injury he had. They are not there now so he walks normally. He can really train now, [which is] completely different to a week ago.

"I think now it will go quickly but I don't know how quick."

Liverpool also remain without Naby Keita, who will miss Saturday's match against Arsenal due to a muscle strain.

The Reds won 5-1 when the Gunners visited Anfield last December but, with the teams level on six points after two games this term, Klopp is braced for a tighter contest.

"I wouldn't expect [a high-scoring match], to be honest," he said.

"Both teams are probably offensively orientated, at least. Arsenal will probably change at least two key positions. Probably [Nicolas] Pepe will start, which does not make them weaker, and [Granit] Xhaka.

"It happened a lot to us in the last few months: we analyse a team and then they play completely different against us.

"I am not saying Arsenal will, but it makes life tougher, especially in the early stage of the season."

He added: "If you look at how they set up, they have good footballers in each position and real speed up front. Wow, real speed.

"That makes it tricky to defend. You have to be brave, play your own football, try to keep possession, be direct.

"There are a lot of things to consider in this game."

Trent Alexander-Arnold has vowed Liverpool will be ready for an open and attacking match when unbeaten Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's side face a tough test against the only team other than themselves to have won their opening two Premier League fixtures.

The Reds triumphed 5-1 in their last meeting on Merseyside but Arsenal look a different prospect this season and could start with a front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

That spells danger for a Liverpool defence which has yet to keep a clean sheet this term, an Adrian error having opened the door to Southampton in last weekend's awkward 2-1 win at St Mary's.

"It was tough for us but we got through that so we're showing once again this season that we're mentally resilient and we can win different types of football games," Alexander-Arnold told his club's website.

"I think Saturday is going to be a different kind of test to the one we faced last week so we're preparing for that.

"We did well against them last year, especially at home, and we'll be looking to do the same kind of thing."

Liverpool fell behind in their home meeting with the Gunners in December before Roberto Firmino sparked a remarkable recovery, scoring three times in the convincing victory.

"I think over the last few seasons, especially at Anfield, we've always had high-scoring games [against Arsenal]," Alexander-Arnold said.

"That's the way both teams play, in an attacking style of football, so I'm sure both teams will want to win the game and it'll be tough for both sides."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes Arsenal have the tools to match the exciting front three that fired Liverpool to Champions League glory last season.

The only Premier League teams to have started the season with a maximum six points square off in a potential classic at Anfield on Saturday.

Arsenal were picked apart 5-1 on their last visit to Liverpool's home ground but have started the new campaign confidently and could include Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe in their starting XI for the first time.

It could make for a dangerous attacking unit to potentially rival Liverpool's star trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

"As we've seen from last season, Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well," Aubameyang told Sky Sports. "Why not us? I think we can do it.

"It will be a tough game against [Salah, Mane and Firmino].

"They are great players. They always try to go forward and try to get goals and assist each other. They are one of the best trios in the world."

He added: "I see a lot of similarities. Pepe and me, we are quick players like Mane and Salah, while Laca is a player who can keep the ball and is really good with his feet like Firmino.

"So yes, we can say we are close enough."

Aubameyang suggested a mutual understanding of French ensured he, Pepe and Lacazette would share the same wavelength.

Matteo Guendouzi is another who speaks the language and he, like Aubameyang, is excited about the direction the team are headed under boss Unai Emery.

Dani Ceballos and David Luiz impressed on their home debuts last time out to fuel Guendouzi's hope of reversing December's defeat to Liverpool.

"We have a better team overall and we're feeling good about ourselves, we have a good team and we believe in ourselves," the midfielder said.

"I know we can do really well, we are going there to win and I believe we can beat any Premier League side."

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