Liverpool put five past Arsenal to go nine points clear

Jurgen Klopp plays down Unai Emery’s suggestion that Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles

Liverpool went into the showdown with Unai Emery's Arsenal knowing they had the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points.

But after a slow start, Salah, Firmino and Mane are beginning to show the form they did last season in smashing a combined 91 goals. "You are the guys who said we were the flawless team and you said we would make every game without losing and we never thought about [that]".

Add to those defeats, the 2-0 setback away to Chelsea a fortnight ago and the side who barely three weeks ago were looking as if they were the "Champions elect" have slipped to third in the table and are 7 points behind Liverpool, who they will play on January 3rd. Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho all netted goals for Liverpool in the dominant win.

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Firmino made it 2-1 for the Reds and got his brace in the 16th minute, turning the game on it's head for the hosts with a lovely solo run, beating off three challenges from Arsenal players from 30-yards before placing his strike in the bottom corner, 2-1. That description does scant justice to the quality of Firmino's contribution: the Brazilian glided effortlessly past attempts to challenge from Mustafi and Papastathopoulos before placing the ball calmly beyond a nonplussed Bernd Leno.

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A chaotic five-minute spell in the first half saw Ainsley Maitland-Niles put Arsenal ahead, before a quickfire Firmino brace turned the score around.

But while his first had an element of good fortune about it, his second was pure spice.

It is clear, too, that they will take some stopping.

Arsenal were unravelling at an alarming rate and Granit Xhaka was fortunate to escape an immediate second yellow card after kicking the ball away having clattered Robertson. Sokratis clips the heels of Salah inside the box and Michael Oliver points to the spot! Part of it is being in the right spot at the right time, but the confidence this gives will be huge. A special moment; a special player; a special team.

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