Firmino hat-trick helps rout Arsenal as five-star Liverpool go nine clear

Firmino hat-trick helps rout Arsenal as five-star Liverpool go nine clear

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.

The last two goals came from the penalty spot after disputed decisions, with Salah going down after a nudge in the back from Sokratis Papastathopoulos just before the break and and Sead Kolasinac shoving Dejan Lovren in the back in the second half.

The defending champions have ceded the initiative to Liverpool in the title race after losing three of their last four Premier League games.

Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright, has slammed the club's summer signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner, after his calamitous first-half display against Liverpool.

"Who would have expected Man City to get zero points against Crystal Palace and Leicester?"

"I've learned in sports like this that you think about the next step and not the next, next step".

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Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Anfield stadium later today as they hope to return back to winning ways after their unexpected 1-1 draw against Brighton.

"He gives the ball to Bobby and he can score a hat-trick, so that's just nice".

"We played more with the heart rather than with the head and we started to spend a lot of energy and of course you need the energy in the end, you miss that. It's not important how many points you are ahead in December. if we drop three points the next headline will be: 'Are they nervous?'" the German told reporters.

Unai Emery must come up with his strongest attacking setup if he must get a meaningful result against Jurgen Klopp's team after the highly-anticipated game. We can not play that game and we don't do it.

His first goal was fortuitous to say the least but was typical Firmino, the Reds no.9 sensing an opportunity, carrying on his run to pounce on a loose ball and tapping it in from close range with the return of his trademark no-look finish.

"We spoke in the dressing room, it is another experience for us, but from bad experiences you learn".

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"The fans think we are in good shape and it would be insane if they didn't think we are not in a good moment, absolutely insane".

The Reds have the most clean sheets this season and have conceded by far the fewest goals, a feature that is often attributed to Premier League champions.

Speaking on BT Sport immediately after the game, Keown said: "Thoroughly disappointing [from Arsenal]".

"In the moment it feels like a marathon what we are running".

"Outstanding player, outstanding person, really amusing and nice guy".

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