Liverpool made quite the statement during the first half of the Premier League season by going undefeated and sitting in first place. As the second half of the season started on Saturday, the Reds made another one.
At home, Liverpool crushed helpless Arsenal 5-1 with Roberto Firmino scoring a hat trick. The Gunners took the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles 11 minutes in, but it was short lived as Jurgen Klopp’s team went on to score four by half time to go nine points clear atop the table. Tottenham entered the day in second place but lost at home to Wolves, giving Klopp’s team the chance to extend its lead, which it did comfortably.
This result was never really in doubt
Liverpool went down early and found itself in a position it doesn’t often: trailing at home. But it certainly never really felt like Arsenal would take control. Lucas Torreira wasn’t himself, Mesut Ozil was out injured, and the defense of the Gunners looked as hopeless as anyone can remember in recent memory. Liverpool players didn’t hang their heads at all after that goal. Virgil van Dijk clapped and encouraged his team to bounce back, and then they shut down the Gunners for the rest of the game.
Liverpool had 10 shots on goal, while Arsenal had only two, and if anything it was good practice for Liverpool when it comes to facing adversity in the league.
Roberto Firmino’s return to form is a welcome sight
Since the end of September, Firmino had just two league goals, but in 90 minutes he produced a magical performance worthy of five stars. One of Firmino’s goals came on a penalty kick, and his second was absolutely blissful, but his first showed the confidence he has in himself and his team, despite his inability to score as of late. With a wide open goal after a wacky deflection, Firmino did a no-look shot to level the score