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Firmino bags hat-trick as Liverpool trounce Arsenal 5-1

30 December 2018

After Salah was tackled, an attempted clearance from Stephan Lichtsteiner hit teammate Shkodran Mustafi and ricocheted into the path of Firmino, who tapped in without looking at the ball. Would they wilt under the pressure or would this just fire them up more?

"The only thing that can get annoying is answering the same questions. So we need to be at 100 per cent in every game and if we are then I believe we can achieve something special".

That confidence could have been shaken when after a bright Liverpool start, it was Arsenal who led when Iwobi's teasing cross perfectly dissected Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, to leave Maitland-Niles with an open goal. You land a blow on us, we land three, four, or in this instance five, back.

The Gunners simply couldn't live with Liverpool's intensity and speed of the play, and despite their record of producing strong second-half displays this season, they failed to breach the Reds' defence again.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also on target as Liverpool's front three all scored in the same league game for the first time this season.

It had been an incredible amount of time without, given how much time Liverpool spend in the opposition box and how tricky and fast the Reds' attacking players are.

"I think the game was under control in the first half, I think maybe it was easier than we expected to dominate the game".

Firmino then showed his full range of skills with a brilliant solo goal as he dribbled past three Arsenal defenders before slotting home with his left foot.

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One of them is a central midfielder.

Manchester City could cut Liverpool´s lead to seven points when they look to stop a recent slump at Southampton on Sunday, but ahead of their trip to the Etihad on January 3, Jurgen Klopp´s men now look well on course to deliver a first league title since 1989/90. During those game weeks, Liverpool have defeated Newcastle 4-0, Wolves 2-0, Bournemouth 4-0 and Brighton 1-0.

Liverpool are next in action on Thursday when they travel to the Etihad Stadium, where they can extend their lead over the reigning champions even further.

- Arsenal are now without a win in their last 20 away league games against fellow "big-six" opposition (D7 L13), losing 10 of their last 12 such matches (D2).

When rivals falter, this Liverpool side just carries on. He did not win a single one. "We were aware of the Tottenham result ahead of this game, but we can't allow that to affect us".

"I don't know if it's big or not big, but it's his knee", he said.

Come on you Redmen!

Firmino bags hat-trick as Liverpool trounce Arsenal 5-1