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Salah nets 13th Premier League goal, provides assist as Liverpool hammer Arsenal 5-1

Reuters , Saturday 29 Dec 2018
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Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah shoots from the penalty spot to score his team's fourth goal past Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 29, 2018 AFP
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Mohamed Salah was on target again and Roberto Firmino struck a hat-trick as rampant Liverpool opened up a nine point lead at the top of the Premier League after crushing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

Arsenal stunned the home crowd by taking the lead in the 11th minute - Ainsley Maitland-Niles scoring his first league goal for the club as he connected at the back post with an Alex Iwobi cross.

It was the first time Juergen Klopp's side had trailed at home since December 30, 2017 but just three minutes later they were back on level terms.

Mohamed Salah jinked into the box and went down under a challenge but the ball fell to Firmino who made no mistake with a cheeky 'no look' finish.

Firmino then showed his full range of skills with a brilliant solo goal as he dribbled past three Arsenal defenders before slotting home with his left foot.

Sadio Mane made it 3-1, converting a low Salah cross after a brilliant cross-field pass from Andy Robertson and then on the stroke of halftime Salah made it 4-1 from the spot after he had been brought down in the box, taking his tally to 13 goals as he sits joint top of the scoring charts. 

Firmino completed his hat-trick, from the penalty spot, driving home in front of the Kop after Sead Kolasinac was ruled to have pushed over Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 3-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Third-place Manchester City, who are ten behind Liverpool, can close the gap if they beat Southampton on Sunday.

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