Liverpool thrash Arsenal 5-1 in English Premier League

Jo Caldwell
December 31, 2018

A useful outlet thereafter, Salah bamboozled Arsenal's defence on a couple of occasions and his understanding with Mane and the excellent Roberto Firmino contributed to an impressive win.

Young Uruguay global Lucas Torreira has made a strong start to life in the Premier League, though he was miles off the pace at Anfield, his usual snappy style nowhere to be seen.

Klopp told a news conference: "2018 ends with a Christmas present from Mo Salah". He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I'm happy for him. That's just a nice thing.

"The reaction was obviously absolutely brilliant", said Klopp. Instead, they came unstuck to the Arsenal "Invincibles", who ended the season an incredible 15 points ahead of third-placed United.

Manchester City could cut Liverpool´s lead to seven points when they look to stop a recent slump at Southampton on Sunday, but ahead of their trip to the Etihad on January 3, Jurgen Klopp´s men now look well on course to deliver a first league title since 1989/90.

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Klopp, however, continues to dismiss the significance of Liverpool's standing at this stage of the season.

"In our case, by the way, tomorrow it (the gap) will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four".

"But in December we've knocked the games off one by one and we've now got a healthy lead". But you look at all the dopey points they dropped last year, this was always going to be a year they could do it. I would love to be in your situation, still earn the money I earn, but be in your situation.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright perhaps comedically summed it up best in the studio coverage of the game, yelling "why did we have to upset them?!" "Some games can happen, this type of result, and now we need to move on and be sure we are ready for the next game".

"I've learned in sports like this that you think about the next step and not the next, next step".

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"I didn't see a smile on any faces in the dressing room".

The two against Arsenal were far more concrete than the one against Newcastle, with Greek centre half Sokratis having not one, not two but three hacks at Salah's ankles before the Egyptian went down and the second was freakish, Kolasinac just deciding to shove Lovren to the floor rather than defend properly.

There has been a sense of excitement at Anfield this season, with the Reds creating weekly headlines for their inspired, mature performances and new-found defensive stability. Yes, they still press and are full of energy, but they've got control of games now.

Klopp singled that moment out at full-time. The people say: 'You will win today.' But first I have to run.

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