Three second-half goals, including two from sub Diogo Jota, strengthened Liverpool’s top-four hopes with a dominant 3-0 win over a tame Arsenal at the Emirates.
James Milner missed the best chance of a dominant but goalless first half for Liverpool, with a shot-shy Arsenal, who Sky Sports’ Gary Neville described as “shabby” throughout a poor performance, keeping them out but registering just one attempt on goal.
Liverpool found their clinical edge after the hour mark, taking the lead through sub Jota’s header from a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold cross (64), a much-needed assist having been left out of the recent England squad.
Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 four minutes later, stealing the ball from Gabriel in the box before slotting through Bernd Leno’s legs, moments before Gabriel’s lax pass was feasted upon by Alexander-Arnold as Jota devoured the chance to smash home eight yards out (82) following touches from Salah and Sadio Mane.
The result means Liverpool are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with eight games remaining, while Arsenal stay ninth, just a point off the bottom half.