If Liverpool fans weren’t already daring to dream this season, they surely are now.
With 20 matches played in the 2018-19 campaign, the Reds are now nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men took the opportunity to extend their advantage over Tottenham and Manchester City after the former capitulated in a 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton earlier today.
The Sky Blues - who are still to visit Southampton on Sunday afternoon - can ill afford to come away from St Mary’s with anything less than three points.
It goes without saying, Liverpool are the last opponents anyone wants to face right now.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles put Arsenal ahead after 11 minutes, but their shock lead lasted barely three minutes.
Roberto Firmino’s equaliser triggered a masterclass in which he added a second before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet, too.
The Brazilian then completed his hat-trick with a cool spot-kick shortly after the hour mark.
While Firmino’s first goal was surely the pick of the strikes, a moment of brilliance from Alisson also deserves praise.
With the score at 3-1, the Gunners were pushing forward in an effort to pull one back before the break.
But as another of the visitors’ attacks ended with Alisson picking up the ball, the Liverpool goalkeeper launched pin-point dropkick to find Firmino deep in opposition territory out wide.
His superb distribution launched the counter that would result in the Reds’ first penalty of the evening, which Salah duly converted.
Check out Alisson’s pass for yourself…
We’re getting used to seeing this kind of technical expertise from the former Roma stopper.
Despite not having much to do throughout the 90 minutes, Alisson can only be pleased with the 5-1 victory.
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