Roberto Firmino hits hat-trick as Liverpool rout shambolic Arsenal

Roberto Firmino hits hat-trick as Liverpool rout shambolic Arsenal

Javier Howell
December 30, 2018

Liverpool had trailed at home in the league for the first time in a day short of a year when Ainsley Maitland-Niles turned home Alex Iwobi's excellent cross 11 minutes in. Mohamed Salah's shot inadvertently set up Roberto Firmino to equalise, and though Arsenal appealed for offside the referee's assistant correctly ruled that the last touches had come off Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi, who had found only each other when attempting to clear.

The German knows that pressure could be Liverpool's worst enemy, but the atmosphere in Anfield in recent games, also suggests that the Liverpool fans are starting to believe that this time the title challenge is for real.

Two minutes later the Brazil worldwide put Liverpool in front - and there was no luck about this one as Firmino slalomed past three Arsenal defenders before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Don't get a nosebleed, Reds, but after Spurs made an absolute bags of it against Wolves today, victory for Jurgen Klopp's men this evening will see them go nine points clear at the summit, and 10 clear of champions Manchester City (who will have a game in hand).

"The reaction was obviously absolutely brilliant", said Klopp.

"I love [Xherdan] Shaqiri, he's the one player that can play that killer pass", Hargreaves said.

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"We need people at the top of their game".

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery saluted Liverpool's attacking firepower, as his side were hammered into submission at Anfield. The Egyptian then won the penalty for the fourth, converting it himself to further extend Liverpool's lead on the stroke of half-time. The Egyptian global blasted home the resulting spot kick for 4-1 at the break.

Any hope of a sensational comeback was put to bed when Sead Kolasinac was adjudged to have pushed Lovren in the area, and Firmino buried the resulting penalty in the corner to make it 5-1 and complete his first hat trick for Liverpool.

"Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am exhausted of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs".

"I just can not see us getting anything from this game", they said.

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