Firmino Hat-Trick Sends Reds 9 Points Clear

Virginia Santiago
December 30, 2018

Rampant Liverpool opened a nine point gap at the top of the Premier League table after thumping Arsenal 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick by Roberto Firmino on Saturday evening.

It gives Liverpool a nine point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur who surprisingly slipped up 3-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and 10 over champions Manchester City, who play Southampton on Sunday.

It capped a spell reminiscent of the encounter in February 2014 when the Gunners were blown away in the opening 20 minutes of another 5-1 defeat.

"We can not look too far ahead and we won't allow that to happen", declared Klopp. "We lost the balance", the Arsenal manager said, after confirming Mesut Özil missed the game because of a knee injury.

"We stayed clam and really forced the mistakes".

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The Brazil striker followed his first Anfield league goal in eight months with another 90 seconds later after Lucas Torreira was dispossessed by Mane.

The Reds started the second half in the way they ended the first period of the game, though, the Gunners were a bit organized and more composed at the back. "Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby and I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals", added Klopp.

"In the moment, I was not too happy because in training Bobby doesn't finish with penalties too often, to be honest". It doesn't matter how big the lead is in December.

However, any hopes Unai Emery's side had of inflicting a first league defeat for Liverpool were soon dispelled, with Roberto Firmino netting a quick-fire brace between 14 and 16 minutes.

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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.

"We are running a marathon and this is halfway". Bad result. This loss we can use to be better. But defensively we need to be stronger, to work.

"It happened in Barcelona, where it was stable, or Bayern Munich, where we won a lot of titles but I failed because I did not win the Champions League".

'We need to do this progress doing a step every day.

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