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Bobby Firmino takes the match ball – Player ratings from Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool were supreme against Arsenal as we pumped five past Unai Emery’s men. Surprisingly we conceded the opening goal of the game as Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored in the 11th minute.

However, the lead did not last long as a mix-up in the Arsenal defence allowed Roberto Firmino to score in an empty net.

The Brazilian followed it up with another brilliant goal in the 14th minute as he single-handedly took the defence apart and slotted past Bernd Leno.

Mohamed Salah set up Sadio Mane for our third before we got a late penalty in the first half which the Egyptian scored.

We got another pen in the second after Dejan Lovren was fouled, and Salah allowed Firmino to capture his hat-trick and take home the match ball.

The win, coupled with Tottenham’s loss, opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the table before Manchester City played, and here are our player ratings from the clash.

Alisson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian commanded the box well but couldn’t do much for the goal conceded. Alisson’s distribution was great too as his laser pass helped win our first pen.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scores for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The Englishman had an alright game at the back but his passing wasn’t always on point.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

Gave the ball away for Arsenal’s goal and was out of position but got us a penalty in the second half.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

The Dutch defender had a decent game at the back as he ensured Arsenal couldn’t create more after that first goal.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was tested a lot by Maitland-Niles and had to be careful after picking up a yellow card. The left-back helped create the third goal too.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8.5/10

Wijnaldum wasn’t amongst the goals but he did a great job in keeping Arsenal in check and kept our midfield ticking.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho bossed Manchester United

Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian had some iffy moments as his passing wasn’t on point but had a much better game in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri did really well as he helped out in attack and also did his bit by chasing the Arsenal players down.

Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

Got a well-deserved goal in the first half and his performance was brilliant as he made life difficult for Arsenal’s defence.

Roberto Firmino – 9/10

Firmino brought Liverpool back into the game as he kept running for the first goal, got a brilliant second and was given the pen for the third goal. A fine hat-trick for some quality performances throughout the season.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

The Egyptian didn’t have a great game, to be honest. He scored a pen, assisted Mane’s goal but he was not the best of our attackers.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain came on to calm things down and give us more control in the second half.

Adam Lallana – 5/10

Came on to give Wijnaldum a well-deserved break.

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Nathaniel Clyne – NA

The right-back came on to give Robertson a rest.

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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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