Liverpool thrash Arsenal 5-1 to extend EPL lead

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

With Tottenham losing to Wolves on Saturday and Manchester City not in action until the following day, Liverpool moved nine points clear at the top of the Premier League with the thrashing of Unai Emery's side.

The Gunners were crushed in a 5-1 loss to the Premier League leaders.

"But in the second half we started to feel maybe the game was over, and when you feel the game is over you start to play the way you play, start to decide the wrong way, start to play too many long balls and then was hard to recover the balls".

In the end, Roberto Firmino completed his hat-trick, and Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1.

Only 2 minutes later, the Brazilian striker then made 2-1 with an wonderful individual effort.

He gives the ball to Bobby and he can score a hat trick.

Liverpool's Scottish left-back Andy Robertson, who received huge applause when he was taken off in the second half after another outstanding display, said all the focus was now on the trip to the Etihad. "So far, the gesture of the season - really, really nice".

The form of Lucas Torreira had me anxious in that respect but Liverpool's no.5, Gini Wijnaldum, absolutely bossed the Uruguayan all night. I hope he can keep going like this.

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But the response from the capacity Anfield crowd suggests it will be hard for the manager to temper expectations among them of a first Liverpool title in 29 years. You land a blow on us, we land three, four, or in this instance five, back.

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

It was fantastic to see both buried - the Reds' record from the spot last season was far from impressive - but the main talking point has to be the build up to the first.

"I wanted to kill him, that is normal when one man takes a ball, only because he scored the last penalty (against Manchester United)".

The goalkeeper's anticipation, vision and technique allowed him to ping a volley out from his own area and launch the attack that led to Liverpool's fourth strike in first-half stoppage-time.

Mane got in on the act just past the half-hour mark, emphatically slamming home after a squared pass from Salah.

"Those are the kind of things that stand you in good stead with your team-mates".

Tiring of media questions about the title race, Klopp said he was wary of falling into the trap of talking up his team's chances with 18 games of the 38-match campaign remaining.

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