Klopp praises 'outstanding' Liverpool victory after rout against Arsenal

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

Manchester City have the chance to cut their 10-point deficit with a win at Southampton on Sunday, before they host Liverpool on Thursday, with both games live on Sky Sports.

Firmino's direct running twice caught out Arsenal's defense, as it hurried them into making a hash of the clearance for his first and then he ripped up their entire defensive unit for his majestic second.

Coach Jurgen Klopp has launched his side into their most successful start to a Premier League campaign.

Liverpool extended their Premier League lead to nine points as Roberto Firmino´s hat-trick hammered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, while Tottenham´s title challenge crumbled in a 3-1 home defeat to Wolves.

A chaotic five-minute spell in the first half saw Ainsley Maitland-Niles put Arsenal ahead, before a quickfire Firmino brace turned the score around. But if City beat Southampton tomorrow and then beat Liverpool, the lead atop the table for Klopp's men will be back to four points. Did you think the party started already?

And Cardiff snatched a first away win of the season in stoppage time when Victor Camarasa unleashed a rocket to move the Welsh side four points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory.

"Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby [Firmino] and I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals. It's not important how far you are ahead in December". "It was one of the nicest things I've ever seen in my life, just outstanding". Unreal. The Brazilian even came out once and used his head, and really just dominated his area for the full ninety.

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"If we drop three points, you [the media] will be the first to say that we're nervous". "It's a supporters' and journalists' game, but we can not be a part of it".

"I didn't see a smile on any faces in the dressing room".

"When you are running a marathon with new trainers and a new shirt, everyone around you says it's unbelievable but you're the one who has to run".

"Anything is possible. We are in a good way, it's tough but it's a great time to be a Liverpool player".

"We still need to improve a lot of things but obviously we're very happy with the situation at the moment. Maybe we can do one balance, one mix between [the previous] draw and this result today".

The Reds have the most clean sheets this season and have conceded by far the fewest goals, a feature that is often attributed to Premier League champions. It's going to take the effort of all of them for them to end up winning this.

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