Firmino sparks five-goal Liverpool as leaders open nine-point gap

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Roberto Firmino hat-trick proved the highlight of Liverpool‘s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal as the Premier League leaders opened a nine-point gap over Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley.

With third-placed Manchester City playing Southampton on Sunday, Liverpool capped an astonishing month with their ninth successive league victory to leave manager Juergen Klopp conceding that he “had nothing to moan about”.

Anfield has become such a fortress that even the unexpected setback of Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ early goal did not knock Liverpool off their stride.

Within minutes, Brazilian Firmino hit them with a scoring one-two — his second goal a brilliant solo effort — with a further strike from Sadio Mane and a penalty from Mohamed Salah following before halftime.

Firmino rounded off the scoring with another spot kick as Liverpool, who next travel to Manchester City on Thursday, cruised home to leave no one in doubt as to their title credentials.

“[Manchester City] is a huge one,” said Liverpool full back Andy Robertson.

REUTERS/Reporting by Neil Robinson Editing by Christian Radnedge

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