Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to an imposing nine factors with a devastating attacking dismissal of Arsenal at Anfield – with hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino the inspiration.
Arsenal took the lead after only 11 minutes when Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in at the a ways post to rating from Alex Iwobi’s cross – however it used to be a false sunrise for Unai Emery’s side.
Liverpool, lifted after title competitors Tottenham’s home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier, replied with an explosive display that saw them 4-1 up through the interval and on their way to continuing their unbeaten league run to 20 games.
Firmino took gain of Arsenal’s defensive confusion to quickly equalise then slalom past a posse of defenders to put Liverpool in the front after Lucas Torreira misplaced possession, all in the area of two minutes.
Sadio Mane extended Liverpool’s lead after 32 minutes when Andrew Robertson’s long pass exposed Arsenal after they needlessly conceded a corner, earlier than Mohamed Salah efficiently ended the contest from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time after he had been fouled by using Sokratis.
Liverpool then cruised to shut out the win, Firmino finishing his hat-trick from the spot after sixty five minutes following Sead Kolasinac’s push on Dejan Lovren.
Manchester City, 10 points adrift, will strive to shut the gap at Southampton on Sunday before they meet Liverpool in a pivotal encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, 3 January.