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Arsenal and Liverpool’s winners and losers as Mo Salah shines and Oleksandr Zinchenko flops

Arsenal made the trip to Liverpool aiming to end their Anfield hoodoo once and for all, having not won a league game the red half of Merseyside since 2012.

The Gunners enjoyed the dream start, with Gabriel Magalhaes heading home Martin Odegaard’s free-kick inside the opening five minutes. Hearts were in mouths inside the away end, after the goal was subject to a brief VAR check, but eventually the goal was given.

The joy wasn’t for too long however, as Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah fired the hosts level with a sensational left-footed strike after getting the better of Oleksandr Zinchenko. Mikel Arteta will undoubtedly be frustrated by the way in which the Reds drew level, but when Salah is in the mood few defenders stand a chance.

The second-half played out with plenty of tension, but very few chances bar one glaring miss from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Mirror Football has analysed the winners and losers from a thrilling draw at Anfield.

Declan Rice anchored Arsenal’s midfield perfectly
Time and time again nowadays, Declan Rice is Arsenal’s standout performer. It should come as little surprise, given his £105million transfer fee, but few signings hit the ground running in the way Rice has with the Gunners.

The former West Ham captain put in a combative display as the protector of Arsenal’s backline, while also remaining composed in possession. His ability to sense danger and intercept promising opposition attacks is invaluable to the efforts of Arteta’s side.

Rice was one of the few Arsenal players that recognised the need to play forward quickly in a bid to beat the Liverpool press and was argubaly let down by those around him when it came to sustaining attacking pressure.

The Liverpool forward would have seen ahead of kick-off that West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen drew level with him in the scoring charts and knew he had to respond accordingly. Salah did exactly that, netting his 12th goal of the campaign in fantastic fashion

Salah has shown time and time again throughout his Liverpool stay that if given the smallest window of opportunity, he can make teams pay. Once Oleksandr Zinchenko showed him onto his favoured right foot, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

The Reds academy graduate has made sensational passes of just about every kind his trademark, but that curler with his right-foot that swings from out to in is particularly deadly.

Alexander-Arnold’s assist was one that few other players in the Premier League could have pulled off, let alone make look so easy. There are often question marks over his defensive abilities, but he had the home faithful purring when he plucked an attacking Arsenal pass out of the sky and triggered a counter.

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