But while the Reds were in total control at the Emirates, their struggles to score past Bernd Leno until Diogo Jota came on showcased the need for new signings.
Jurgen Klopp ’s men have seen their title defence fall apart, with a run of six successive top-flight home defeats also damaging their chances of securing Champions League football.
It has been made clear that the squad is in need of a refresh, with many of the fringe members of the team failing to impress when handed a chance to play.
Here Mirror Football rounds up the latest Liverpool transfer news…
Klopp eyeing Dembele
Ousmane Dembele has emerged as a target as Klopp looks to upgrade his forward line after a season of struggle in the Premier League.
Despite Liverpool ’s interest, the Spanish news organisation claims Barca are hopeful that Dembele will sign a new deal to stay at the Camp Nou.
Reds suffer Haaland blow
Liverpool are just one of a host of clubs who have been linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the past, but the Reds have suffered a blow to their chances.
They state that City view Haaland as a direct replacement for Sergio Aguero and as a result are “not actively pursuing” Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
In a knock to Liverpool’s chances, it is understood that City are willing to use the sell-on clause they had inserted into the deal that took Jadon Sancho to Dortmund as a £15million bargaining.
Sarr speaks out
Watford winger Ismaïla Sarr has spoken out after being heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
Sarr was believed to be among Klopp’s targets last summer, while his agent told PanAfricanFootball in February that his client was close to moving to the Reds in January.
But the 23-year-old has now made clear his commitment to his current club, with Watford nine points clear in second place in the Championship.
“I think they are just rumours because I’m enjoying it here. I still have three years on my contract and I’m focused on Watford and I want to say,” he told the Watford Observer.