Arsenal “will need a telescope to see Liverpool” in the Premier League table by the end of the season, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy.
The Gunners suffered their first defeat of the season at Anfield on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah’s brace sealing a 3-1 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Joel Matip fired the hosts in front, before the Egyptian’s early second-half double meant Lucas Torreira’s late strike was nothing more than a consolation.
Unai Emery would have been hoping to see his new signings make an impact on Merseyside, but David Luiz – who completed an £8m move from Chelsea on deadline day – gave away a penalty and club-record buy Nicolas Pepe spurned some good opportunities.
Anfield has not exactly proved a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent years; they have suffered defeat in each of their last four trips there, conceding a jaw-dropping 15 goals in the process.
And Murphy, who made 246 appearances for Liverpool in his own playing career, has poked fun at the north London club, insisting it was “boys against men” over the weekend.
“Arsenal will need a telescope to see Liverpool by the end of the season,” he 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, 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.”