Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Firmino Hat-Trick Sends Reds 9 Points Clear

Firmino Hat-Trick Sends Reds 9 Points Clear

Chelsea remained unbeaten in the first 12 Premier League games of this season and looked to be mounting a challenge, along with Liverpool and Man City, before a poor run of form saw them slip down to fourth in the table.

I will help them to help each other and we will come back to who we are.

In the first half of the season, Banega has impressed with more duels and tackles than any of the current Arsenal midfielders and this tenacity to his game is something, which Emery appears to prefer as the club pushes for a top-four spot this term. It was really nice.

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"Now on to the next game. We will remember that".

Roberto Firmino was at his ruthless best as he scored his first Premier League hat-trick to inspire a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield and put Liverpool nine points clear at the summit after Tottenham's defeat to Wolves.

'Arsenal are a great team, but it's very simple for them at the moment'. "You are the guys who said we were the ideal team and you said we would make every game without losing and we never thought about [that]".

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The result sees Liverpool move on to 54 points, nine clear of Tottenham and 10 clear of defending champions Manchester City, who play Southampton on Sunday. "Everyone in the squad has been looking at, but in December we've knocked the games off one by one and we've now got a healthy lead". We have three days to prepare.

The Gunners started brightly and led through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who snuck in at the far post to slot home Alex Iwobi's centre with 11 minutes gone but Unai Emery's men were behind just five minutes later after Firmino struck a quick-fire double, the second of which was a stunning solo strike.

"I know my players perfectly and if you believe I will doubt them for one second you are completely wrong, so for me it is incredible what they do, and what they have done, and what they are doing every single game". The Brazilian had started the season in relatively quiet form but he was the catalyst for their comeback on Saturday. Liverpool have progressed a lot and it is an example for us. "We need the time to recover but now we will prepare, clearly".

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