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

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

English Premier League side Arsenal might be lured into changing their mind on Wales worldwide Aaron Ramsey.

Liverpool's defence was breached for only the eighth time in the league season when Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey combined down the left after Dejan Lovren had given away possession.

Second-placed Tottenham had already blinked first before this match kicked off, losing 3-1 at home to Wolves, and City, now 10 points adrift, can not afford to do the same at Southampton on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp's side arriving on Thursday.

And they did just that as a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino and goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Arsenal to the sword in a dominant display at Anfield. If that was a statement of intent from Liverpool another arrived nearly immediately, Firmino popping up with his second after Sadio Mané dispossessed Lucas Torreira in midfield. Fabinho started ahead of Jordan Henderson in midfield.

The ball fell to Firmino, who had a simple tap in after the Bernd Leno was taken out of the game with the bouncing ball.

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Arsenal lost ground on fourth-placed Chelsea by two points after the 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.

The Blues have been hot on the trail of the United States global since the summer and it now appears that they have found a breakthrough with a £45m deal agreed with their Bundesliga counterparts for the attacker. Arsenal cleared a corner but had so many men back in their own box the ball ran to an unchallenged Robertson on halfway.

Manchester City now trail the pace setters by 10 points and, even if they reduce that lead to seven with victory at Southampton on Sunday, the champions need to end Liverpool's invincible season so far when the sides meet on Thursday at the Etihad to get back in the title race. The situation was already risky and a rash challenge from the luckless Papastathopoulos did nothing to improve it.

Leno got a touch to the Egyptian's spot-kick but couldn't stop Salah moving level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the Premier League's top scorer on 13.

After getting themselves ahead, Liverpool then added two more in the first half when Mane and Salah got in on the act. The pressure is now on Pep.


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