This was said to be the month of all months. The festive period will make or break one’s season. We were always going to learn much about Jurgen Klopp’s title crusaders. Games against their fiercest rivals, their neighbours across Stanley Park, as well as tricky Wolves and Bournemouth all proved difficult challenges in their own manner. Yet, Liverpool remained perfect. 18 points from a possible 18, as well as 17 goals scored and three conceded across six games. Arsenal were meant to provide a fierce examination of the hosts despite conceding 17 goals in their past five visits to Anfield. Early on they certainly did, with the game starting at a frantic pace, emblematic of Liverpool and Arsenal tussles in bygone seasons. Liverpool looked likely to breach the paper-thin Arsenal backline. The Gunners, however forgot to read the script. On 11 minutes, Fabinho’s errant pass set up Arsenal’s foray with Alex Iwobi interchanging with Ramsey before firing a ball … [Read more...] about Closer and closer: Liverpool batter Arsenal with Firmino hat trick to move nine points clear
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There is now a new reality for Liverpool, who last went to the Etihad Stadium in April as a contender in English football’s great hierarchy and return there on Thursday as a different beast altogether: the team that no one has found a way of stopping. Certainly not Arsenal, demolished in little more than an hour by a team with an aura that suggests they can beat anyone, perhaps even Pep Guardiola’s champions, who lost to Liverpool in that Champions League quarter-final second leg and are again on the back foot. That said, there are 18 games left in Liverpool’s season, which for a club that has tossed away championships before still feels like a lot of potholes to negotiate. The game against Manchester City will be the next test of Liverpool’s consistency and their powers of concentration. There is no team playing at a higher level currently than Jurgen Klopp’s side, with City’s three defeats in four and Tottenham Hotspur stumbling again. The question … [Read more...] about Liverpool stun Arsenal with five-goal blitz as Roberto Firmino bags hat-trick
By Simon EvansLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - LIVERPOOL 5 ARSENAL 1gi Rampant Liverpool opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 crushing of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.The visit of the fifth-placed Gunners was seen as a major test of Liverpool’s title credentials, coming during a busy period of fixtures including Thursday’s upcoming clash with champions Manchester City at the Etihad.But after suffering an early warning when Arsenal took the lead in the 11th minute, Klopp’s side displayed the very best of their high-paced, powerful, attacking football to register their ninth league win in a row.Liverpool are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 3-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday while third-placed City, now 10 points behind the Reds, can close the gap if they beat Southampton away on Sunday.But the Merseysiders will be worrying little about results … [Read more...] about Firmino hat-trick fires Liverpool to easy win over Arsenal
29 December 2018 • 7:27pm Auto update On Off 7:26PM Stats 54 - Liverpool have accrued 54 points from their opening 20 Premier League games this season; when assuming three points for a win, only Chelsea (55 in 2005-06) and Manchester City (58 in 2017-18) have ever had more at this stage in English top-flight history. Elect? #LIVARS pic.twitter.com/JIDEhfKEDH— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018 7:22PM One tabley boi 7:21PM FULL TIME That was an absolute hiding. Liverpool are scarily good, Arsenal really missed having decent full-backs and looked every bit a work in progress... and Jurgen Klopp has a nine point lead over second place. 7:18PM 90 mins - Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1 Ahh that's the point. Lallana spins on the left, switches play, Alexander-Arnold tees up Henderson on the edge of the box... and he shoots wide of the far post. Leno was stuck standing on the spot. 7:17PM 88 mins … [Read more...] about Rampant Liverpool stun Arsenal with five-goal blitz as Roberto Firmino scores hat-trick
Plenty of non-league action in the SIL PA Archive/PA Images A round-up of the SIL Senior Division from the weekend. Trimley Red Devils 6 Grundisburgh 1Trimley smashed a poor Grundisburgh with six second-half goals.Chidlow’s half-hit shot trickled just wide and Trimley gift wrapped a goal against the run of play, when Moss inexplicably passed a square ball straight to Hobson to slot past Hindley on 35 minutes.Grundisburgh started the second half strongly and Hindley tipped Hobson’s drive behind & then his low drive went straight at Hindley. But Trimley turned the game on it’s head with two quick goals on 52 and 56 minutes.Smith’s driven cross shot was turned in by Chidlow and Veitch got in to hit a sweet drive from the edge of the box to beat Johnson’s despairing dive.Trimley were now rampant and Chidlow cut inside from the right to bury a low drive home on 70 minutes and two minutes later Driver pulled the ball back to Hewitt to drill a low … [Read more...] about SIL round-up: Chidlow hits hat-trick as Trimley thrash Grundisburgh. Swans joy, Henley stay top, Cops and Capel both see red!