Liverpool opened up a nine-point gap at the top of the Premier League after recording an emphatic 5-1 win against Arsenal.
It would be the visitors who broke the deadlock after just 11 minutes, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles converted Alex Iwobi’s cross at the back post to give the Gunners the lead, before Roberto Firmino equalised for the hosts just three minutes later – tapping in after the ball ricocheted into the Brazilian’s path as Arsenal tried to clear their lines.
While his first goal was fortuitous, Firmino’s second to give Liverpool the lead in the 16th minute was fabulous. Lucas Torreira was caught in position by Sadio Mane, resulting in the ball finding Firmino, who glided past two Arsenal defending before calmly slotting home.
Liverpool extended their lead in the 32nd minute, as Mane was on hand to finish Mohamed Salah’s square ball following a corner, before the Egyptian’s converted penalty after being fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the stroke of half-time made it 4-1 at the interval.
A vital challenge from Sokratis denied Mane the chance to score a fifth goal for Liverpool at the beginning of the second-half, while Aaron Ramsey deflected shot found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the far post, with his awful miss mattering little as he was offside.
Liverpool however wouldn’t be denied a fifth, as Firmino made it 5-1 in the 65th minute from the spot to complete his hat-trick, after Dejan Lovren had been bundled over by Sead Kolasinac from a corner to wrap up a convincing win for the Reds.
After conceding in the 11th minute, Liverpool showed they had title-winning credentials to bounce back almost immediately and turn the game on its head, with two Firmino goals in two minutes turning the game back in the home side’s favour.
From then on Liverpool looked like they’d score every time they went forward, as they pressed and harried Arsenal into mistakes, and took advantage of those errors and sealed another precious win.