Liverpool faced Arsenal for the 227th time, having beaten the North Londoners in 80 of those games. Arsenal have conceded 22 goals in their last 6 visits to Anfield.
Arsenal took the lead with the first goal from 21-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The midfielder was unmarked and was able to secure the lead for the Gunners. However, it wasn’t too long after before Liverpool equalised, via Firmino finding himself unmarked at the back post. The Brazilian fired Liverpool into the lead on the 16th minute with his second goal of the game, a brilliant individual effort.
The entertaining match ended in a 5-1 win to Liverpool with goals from Robert Firmino (3), Sadio Manè and Mohamed Salah, who converted a penalty. Liverpool are currently first on the Premier League table. They are points clear and ten points ahead of former league winners, Manchester City, although they have a game in hand.
Firmino was undoubtedly the man of the match, thanks to his work-rate throughout the game and scoring at hat-trick. Klopp commented: “When Mo gave Bobby the penalty I was close to crying. We all know how much Mo wants to score goals but he gave it to Bobby”
Is time running out for Unai Emery?
Arsenal fans were angered by yet again another devastating defeat to a top 6 rival. Indeed, some of the more reactionary fans have begun a Twitter hashtag #EmeryOut. The Gunners previously had been on a twenty-two game unbeaten streak, but have gone without a win in their last three games.
Under the management of Emery, Arsenal have conceded 28 goals. The 47-year-old Spaniard commented after the defeat “We need to be serious but continue. The result here is difficult. It was a big test and how the difference is between Liverpool and us, I don’t think it is as much as the score…getting into the box against them was hard with their quality and determination. We need to do better work defensively. We are scoring a lot of goals but conceding more than we would want to.”
Could this be the first trophy for Jurgen Klopp?
The 51-year-old German has been in management at Liverpool for 5 years and has failed to add a nineteenth trophy to their eighteen league titles. Klopp has also previously failed to add to their UEFA Champions League cabinet, by losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kyiev last year.
Klopp is however comfortably ahead of other teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United. He could potentially win the Premier League in the season 18/19.
The club are set to face Manchester City on Thursday 3rd January at the Etihad Stadium and Liverpool fans are confident they’ll get the win they need.