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English Premier League 2016-17

Liverpool goal rush stuns Arsenal in thrilling Premier League opener

The Reds score four times in 17 minutes to win a Premier League thriller at the Emirates

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 August, 2016, 1:12am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 August, 2016, 7:24am

Liverpool put down an early marker as Premier League title contenders by scoring four times in 17 minutes to win 4-3 at Arsenal in a thrilling match on Sunday.

They had fallen behind to last season’s runners-up when Theo Walcott, having just had a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet, scored in the home team’s next attack.

Arsenal, with three central defenders missing, then fell apart in conceding to Philippe Coutinho (twice), Adam Lallana and debutant Sadio Mane between the 45th and 62nd minutes.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately pulled one goal back and Calum Chambers added another but that was not enough to prevent only a second Liverpool win away to the London side in 21 visits.

Liverpool playmaker Coutinho told Sky Sports: “It was a good, tough game. We are happy because we won. The first 20 minutes, we didn’t play very well like the manager wanted.

“We played a difficult game and played really well. We’ll focus on the next game, and take it step by step.”