Firmino bags hat-trick as Liverpool trounce Arsenal 5-1

Klopp reveals why he didn't want Firmino to take hat-trick penalty against Arsenal

"It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored".

However, the 34-year-old looked out of his depth at times against a rampant Liverpool attack with Lichtsteiner's poor attempted clearance leading to the hosts equaliser just two minutes after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had given the Gunners an early lead.

Liverpool hadn't been given a Premier League penalty at Anfield for 424 days before Salah was brought down against Newcastle in midweek but were given another two against Arsenal, making it three in two games! It's not important how many points you are ahead in December. if we drop three points the next headline will be: "'Are they nervous?'" the German told reporters.

They have only failed to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, who can close the gap to seven points if they beat Southampton at St Mary's, live on Super Sunday.

However, Klopp repeated his plea of recent weeks for his players not to get carried away.

"Defensively we need to be stronger, to work", he said. "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".

Liverpool fans spectated another superb win at Anfield as The Reds defeated Arsenal with an empathetic 5-1 scoreline. "We will rest now and prepare for that game", he said.

Alisson Becker's ability to act as a playmaker from deep is nothing new but the Brazil worldwide added another fine goal contribution to his catalogue on Saturday.

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A further strike from Sadio Mane and a penalty from Mohamed Salah followed before halftime.

Firmino didn't even have to look at the ball when he slotted the equaliser into an empty net after Sokratis' attempted clearance rebounded off Mustafi into his path to quickly level.

"It's a hard moment for us", said Arsenal boss Unai Emery, whose side could slip five points adrift of the top four if Chelsea win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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

Leno got a touch to the Egyptian's spot-kick but couldn't stop Salah moving level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the EPL's top scorer on 13. Firmino completed his first hat-trick of this season after scoring from that penalty.

"2018 ends with a Christmas present from Mo Salah and I loved it because he gave the ball to Bobby so he could score a hat-trick".

"It's always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely".

Liverpool will, however, have an opportunity to take points off City when they play Pep Guardiola's side at the Etihad on Thursday in what is the biggest game of the season so far.