Liverpool thrash Arsenal 5-1 in English Premier League

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur's surprise defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers allowed Liverpool to extend their lead by three points although Manchester City, who are 10 points off the pace, could cut the gap with a win at Southampton on Sunday.

Arsenal coach Unai Emery admitted his team still has a lot of work to do defensively, but insisted the difference between the Gunners and Liverpool isn't as big as Saturday's 5-1 scoreline would suggest.

Jurgen Klopp said he almost cried when he saw Mohamed Salah's selfless gesture to teammate Roberto Firmino in the second half of his side's 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield.

Only 2 minutes later, the Brazilian striker then made 2-1 with an unbelievable individual effort.

But Salah put that to one side when the Reds won a second spot-kick of the evening and handed penalty responsibilities to Firmino to seal his hat-trick.

Mohamed Salah has once again been a leading light for Liverpool while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is similarly important to Arsenal's cause this season. "When we went to City previous year, do you think I had the table in the dressing room and said, 'We are fourth, they are first?'" he said.

The form of Lucas Torreira had me anxious in that respect but Liverpool's no.5, Gini Wijnaldum, absolutely bossed the Uruguayan all night.

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The Arsenal goal served only to make the eleven players on the pitch, the manager and the Anfield crowd angry and the Reds' launched surge after surge of attacks at their visitors defence, battering the door down and looking as if they could find the net every time they came forward. You land a blow on us, we land three, four, or in this instance five, back. In the second half we needed to stand up, to keep our position individually and collectively on the game.

"I wanted to kill him, that is normal when one man takes a ball, only because he scored the last penalty (against Manchester United)".

And Liverpool were given the chance to extend their lead just before half-time when Salah tumbled under pressure from Sokratis in the box. "So far the gesture of the season". During those game weeks, Liverpool have defeated Newcastle 4-0, Wolves 2-0, Bournemouth 4-0 and Brighton 1-0.

Klopp said: "Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments".

Liverpool are next in action on Thursday when they travel to the Etihad Stadium, where they can extend their lead over the reigning champions even further.

"The only thing that has changed is that you all ask about it, that's all".

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