Posted: 29 December 2018
Liverpool moved nine points clear at the top of the English Premier League table following a 5-1 capitulation of Arsenal to sign off the year in fine style.
As expected, Liverpool started blisteringly with a low cross to the box sliding from the grasp of Mohamed Salah.
Looking to go nine points clear at the summit, the Reds were soon asked to make the first save after Alex Iwobi got on the left side of the penalty area to get Alisson Becker to save for a corner inside the opening 10 minutes.
On 11 minutes, the Gunners stunned the home crowd after Iwobi’s low cross was met at the back end by Ainsley Maitland-Niles who tucked into an empty net.
Like in recent times, the lead didn’t last long. Inside two minutes, Liverpool were level after despicable defending allowed Roberto Firmino to poke into a gaping net.
The disastrous defending continued for Unai Emery’s side with Firmino easily moving past the centre-back pairing to go through on goal and find the bottom corner in the space of seconds.
Just as Arsenal figured out a way back against a hard-wrenching Merseyside giant, further misery instead fell their way whilst drifting in and out with the rhythm of the game.
In trademark manner, Liverpool made it three after a diagonal ball from the right found Salah who had beaten the offside trap to slid a first-time pass into the path of Sadio Mane to finish in the top corner on 31 minutes.
In what was proving to be a mismatch on all fronts, it got worse for the visitors who took an indelible lead just before the break.
A sheer- power penalty from Salah straight down the throat of Bernd Leno made it four after the Egyptian was brought down on the byline of the attacking area.
This sort of dominance didn’t die down in any shape nor form in the second half.
With a few half-chances on goal, the Reds made it five when from a corner forced by a half-shot by Fabinho, another penalty was awarded by referee Michael Olivier.
Firmino stepped face-to-face with Leno to send the ball into the top right corner to complete his treble and good day’s work at the office.
That proved the end of the Londoners resolve, with the hosts sliding through the motions with the tie virtually sealed up.
Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri wanted to make it six on 75 minutes, but he shot straight into arms of Leno.
In the final minutes, the Reds kept coming for more but in the end settled for the five-goal blitz to go nine points clear off second-place Tottenham Hotspur who went down at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the day.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2018-12-29 18:34:17