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English Premier League Report: Liverpool v Arsenal: 29 December 2018

English Premier League Report: Liverpool v Arsenal: 29 December 2018

The former Hoffenheim man evidently enjoys playing against Arsenal as this glorious goal was his seventh in the Premier League against the North London club - with only Robbie Fowler managing more strikes against them.

Chelsea remained unbeaten in the first 12 Premier League games of this season and looked to be mounting a challenge, along with Liverpool and Man City, before a poor run of form saw them slip down to fourth in the table.

Fifth-placed Arsenal are 16 points off the pace but the gulf here was even wider as they collapsed under the first sign of pressure despite having taken an 11th-minute lead.

They have won 8 league games in a row: their best sequence since 11 straight victories from February to April 2014. "As I said from the beginning of the season there are two teams a step above, Liverpool and Manchester", he said.

However, the lead lasted just three minutes as Firmino profited from some calamitous Arsenal defending to level and then left Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the floor to score his second goal in three minutes.

Moreno captained Liverpool in pre-season and in November 2017 he missed the birth of his child so he could feature in a 3-0 win over Southampton.

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Sadio Mane extended the home side's lead with a cushioned finish before Mohamed Salah netted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time at Anfield.

Liverpool outran their opponents by 114.8km to 112.7km and their pressing was ferocious. Robertson plays a wonderful ball over the top for Salah who side-foots it across to Mane and he pokes home for Liverpool's third.

There were moments of sloppiness in the first half, with Fabinho squandering possession in risky positions on a couple of occasions, but such errors matter little when Liverpool's attack is in this kind of form. "You are the guys who said we were the flawless team and you said we would make every game without losing and we never thought about [that]".

On this evidence, Liverpool have the stamina to produce more of the same, and there seems little prospect of them losing focus, either. We have three days to prepare. "We need to do this progress".

It is clear, too, that they will take some stopping.

"It just feels like if they lose Mane or they lose Salah, they're going to be impossible to replace for Liverpool".

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