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Danny Murphy mocks Arsenal after Liverpool defeat at Anfield


Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool comfortably beat Arsenal at Anfield last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will ‘need a telescope to see Liverpool’ by the end of the season such is the gap that exists between the two sides, according to Danny Murphy.

Unai Emery’s new-look team travelled to Anfield last Saturday hoping to extend their 100% start to the season at a venue which has become a deeply unhappy hunting ground in recent years.

Despite the presence of David Luiz and record signing Nicolas Pepe making his full debut, Arsenal were undone by familiar defensive failings and erratic finishing.

Liverpool took a deserved lead five minutes before half-time when Joel Matip powered home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner and Mohamed Salah made the game safe with two goals in the space of nine second-half minutes.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side took their foot off the gas thereafter and although Arsenal grabbed a consolation goal through substitute Lucas Torreira, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy felt it was ‘men against boys’ throughout.

‘Arsenal will need a telescope to see Liverpool by the end of the season,’ the former Reds midfielder told talkSPORT

‘It was boys against men, it was too easy. Liverpool didn’t even get into proper gear.

‘For parts in that first-half it was so easy for Liverpool. It was too easy to get into the final third because of Arsenal’s tactics and Unai Emery has to hold his hands up for that.

‘Alright, Arsenal had a tight four and it was hard [to break down] but you can’t play against a top team and let them get so high up the pitch so easily in wide areas, especially with the full-backs they’ve got.

‘If you go to Liverpool every year and get done, why not try something different?

‘It looked like a system that had been put on a board and they hadn’t worked on it.’





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