Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

A 5-1 win over Arsenal extended their lead at the top to nine points from Tottenham, although third-placed City have a chance to reduce that to seven if they win at Southampton on Sunday.

- Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 11 goals in his eight Premier League games against Arsenal for Liverpool (8 goals, 3 assists), more than he has against any other opponent in the competition.

But Wolves refused to roll over and hit the home side with second half goals through Wily Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa to record a 3-1 win.

Firmino finished his hat-trick with a coolly converted penalty but it was all about his second goal.

With the new summer signings, Klopp was investing in players that could help turn Liverpool into an unstoppable force and he has successfully done just that.

But the Egyptian, who has made his hunger for goals quite clear during his time at Anfield, graciously gave the ball to Firmino.

The form of Lucas Torreira had me anxious in that respect but Liverpool's no.5, Gini Wijnaldum, absolutely bossed the Uruguayan all night.

But the response from the capacity Anfield crowd suggests it will be hard for the manager to temper expectations among them of a first Liverpool title in 29 years.

Fielded next to Fabinho in a double pivot, the Dutchman was also far more progressive than we've seen in recent weeks, bombing forward to join the attack wherever he could and providing a real reminder of his dribbling capability. I've been told it's the best they've had since the late 1970s, which is just incredible when you think of the team Liverpool had back then, and it's just the control in games they have. We can not play that game and we don't.

Arsenal's frustration was evident and Granit Xhaka was lucky to stay on the pitch after being booked for a foul Andy Robertson before kicking the ball away - and it got even worse for the visitors in first-half stoppage time as Salah was brought down in the penalty area by Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Two penalties were a lot for us to take.

Next up for them is a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face City, which could easily be one of the most important fixtures of the season.

"The only thing that has changed is that you all ask about it, that's all".

"For sure Tottenham´s result people out there reacted, but not inside the dressing room where they were completely concentrated on the match and not allowed to have that influence on our game", said Klopp.

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