Roberto Firmino has struck a hat-trick to help rampant Liverpool crush Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield and open up a nine-point lead at the top of the English Premier League.
Arsenal stunned the home crowd by taking the lead in the 11th minute with Ainsley Maitland-Niles scoring his first league goal for the club as he connected at the back post with an Alex Iwobi cross.
It was the first time Jurgen Klopp’s side had trailed at home since December 30, 2017, but just three minutes later they were back on level terms.
Mohamed Salah jinked into the box and went down under a challenge but the ball fell to Firmino who made no mistake with a cheeky ‘no look’ finish.
Firmino completed his hat-trick, from the penalty spot, driving home in front of the Kop after Sead Kolasinac was ruled to have pushed over Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who were stunned 3-1 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Third-placed Manchester City, who are 10 points behind Liverpool, can close the gap if they beat Southampton on Sunday.
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