Substitute Diogo Jota scored twice as Liverpool showed that they remain one of the best teams in the Premier League by completely outclassing Arsenal and winning 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City’s win at Leicester earlier in the day meant that Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the title are now mathematically over after a season of mixed performances, poor results and terrible injury problems.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side were at their sparkling best, dominating an Arsenal side that missed some of their own key players to secure victory thanks to a brace from Jota on either side of a strike from Mohamed Salah.
Sportsmails Nick Callow rated the players.
Trent Alexander-Arnold covered an impressive game by scoring the first goal for Diogo Jota
Leno: He couldn’t do much about Liverpool’s goals and didn’t have much else to do. 6
Chambers: Once again preferring Bellerin and Soares right back, the former Southampton man showed why he is now Arteta’s go to man. 6
Holding: Defensively solid, apart from the Liverpool opener, in place of the injured David Luiz. 6
Gabriel: Bad tackle before Salah scored Liverpool’s runner-up to take away an otherwise hard-working showing. 6.
Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos was suppressed after struggling to get a grip on Liverpool midfield
Tierney: Suffered a knee injury in a challenge with Milner to end a relatively quiet night from the usually dynamic left back. 6
Partey: Relatively modest party of the usually impressive Ghanaian. Bad fitting too. 5
Ceballos: Submerged at 57 minutes after struggling to gain traction in Liverpool midfield. Not a substitute for the sick Granit Xhaka. No Rocky Rocastle either. 4
Odegaard: Pressed relentlessly on the Liverpool defense and was so sure of himself in possession and rarely lost a pass. I just didn’t have enough of the ball. 6
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to force fouls with his shutdown
Aubameyang: A sporadic new work ethic with a fresh haircut, but not enough when his team needed more. 5
Lacazette: Committed to his team’s cause as he walked vigorously on the leash and got a cut over his left eye because of his troubles. 6
Pepe: Played to the right of Arsenal’s front three three, but struggled to compete. 5
Subs: Soares (replaces Tierney 45 minutes): solid but not spectacular – like most of his teammates. 6
Elneny (replaced Ceballos 57) Put some energy into a tough match. 6
Martinelli (replaced Aubameyang for 78 minutes) not enough time to impress. 6
Subs not used: Ryan, Bellerin, Mari, Elneny, Nelson, Willian, Nketiah
Arteta: Surprisingly cautious approach to a manager who said his side should play with the handbrake. 5
Alisson: Looked like David Seaman with his bushy mustache but had few chances to show that he can play as well as the former England and Arsenal goalkeeper. 7
Alexander-Arnold: In the spotlight after Klopp’s comments about his negligence in England and did not let his manager down. 7
Kabak: Arsenal’s play was consistently cut short with foul and fair tackles. Strong. 6
Phillips: An easy evening for the relatively inexperienced defender. 6
Mohamed Salah showed his class by scoring Liverpool’s second goal against Arsenal
Robertson: Got off to a slow start because he mis-timed a few passes and tackles, but nothing had a major impact on the game. 6
Fabinho: A solid showing at the base of the midfield and the occasional dangerous break forward. Odegaard’s threat regularly sniffed away. 8
Milner: Liverpool’s Mr Reliable did enough to show why he was preferred over Gini Wijnaldum in midfield. Later switched to left back. 6
Thiago: A great player to see when his short passes are so sharp and precise. 6
Salah: A quiet game until he showed his class with Liverpool’s second goal. 7
Firmino: Promising performance on his return from knee injury, but will it be enough to hold out Diogo Jota for Real Madrid’s game on Tuesday? 6
Fabinho put on a solid performance at the base of midfield for Liverpool on Saturday evening
Mane: A well-attended screening of Liverpool’s first three, but failed to be rewarded for his efforts. 6
Substitutions: Jota (replaced Robertson 61) perfect impact substitute with a brilliant main goal. 7
Wijnaldum (replaced Firmino 78) did what he had to do as a late substitute. 6
R Williams (replaced Kabak 84) no time to influence. 6
Adrian, Tsimikas, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Diogo Jota, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jones.
Klopp: Got it right all night with the perfect balance of defense and offense. Nicely set up for a top four finish now. 7
Ref: Stuart Attwell 6