Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to an imposing nine points with a devastating attacking dismissal of Arsenal at Anfield – with hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino the inspiration. Arsenal took the lead after only 11 minutes when Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in at the far post to score from Alex Iwobi’s cross – but it was a false dawn for Unai Emery’s side. Liverpool, lifted after title rivals Tottenham’s home defeat by Wolves earlier, responded with an explosive display that saw them 4-1 up by the interval and on their way to extending their unbeaten league run to 20 games.

Firmino took advantage of Arsenal’s defensive confusion to quickly equalise then slalom past a posse of defenders to put Liverpool in front after Lucas Torreira lost possession, all in the space of two minutes. Sadio Mane extended Liverpool’s lead after 32 minutes when Andrew Robertson’s long cross exposed Arsenal after they needlessly conceded a corner. Mohamed Salah then effectively ended the contest from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, having been fouled by Sokratis.

Liverpool cruised to close out the win in the second half, Firmino completing his hat-trick from the spot after 65 minutes following Sead Kolasinac’s push on Dejan Lovren. Manchester City, 10 points adrift, will attempt to close the gap at Southampton on Sunday before they meet Liverpool in a pivotal encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, 3 January.

2018 Is Almost Done

  • I celebrated the New Year in the usual style – quite day in listening to music, watching Youtube and relaxing
  • I decided to dip into my savings and finally get a higher end & expensive cell phone and bought the OnePLus 5T
  • We had a wonderful and mostly entertaining World Cup with France winning it all.
  • I turned 42 in August
  • We had that devastating flood in Kerala that caused so much property damage and some lives
  • Lost an uncle in September, when my mom’s second eldest brother passed away
  • I bought my first ever tv! I’ve usually watched on my family’s tv and for the last 10 years never watched anything on a tv except for a little bit here & there. But I bought a new smart tv.
  • I started my collection of dvds, bought a display shelf and have a good growing collection now.
  • Started getting more online work and it’s paying good.
  • I also started a collection, just 2 now, of Funko Pops. I don’t see that as becoming a huge collection but a few is ok.