Liverpool thrashed Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday to end 2018 at the top of the Premier League table.
Roberto Firmino was at his ruthless best as he scored his first Premier League hat-trick to inspire a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield and put Liverpool nine points clear at the summit after Tottenham’s defeat to Wolves.
However, the lead only lasted three minutes as Firmino scored his first home goal of the campaign in the Premier League with a typical no-look tap into the empty net after benefiting from a ricochet inside the Arsenal box.
Two minutes later the Brazil international put Liverpool in front — and there was no luck about this one as Firmino slalomed past three Arsenal defenders before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Liverpool were rampant and made it 3-1 on 32 minutes as Sadio Mane guided the ball into the net, having been played in by Mohamed Salah
The result increased Liverpool’s lead over Tottenham is nine points, but it will be cut to seven if Man City claim a win at Southampton on Sunday (today).
Liverpool get 2019 started on January 3 with a trip to defending champions City, in a game which will likely have a significant bearing on where the Premier League title ends up this season.