Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Shaqiri hoping for more from hat-trick hero Firmino

Shaqiri hoping for more from hat-trick hero Firmino

"It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored".

Salah hands the ball off to Firmino.

Asked to reflect on 2018, which has seen Liverpool finish as Champions League runners-up and now go unbeaten in the league to become the title favourites, Klopp said it was "not too bad".

Unai Emery's Arsenal took the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but a quick double from Roberto Firmino and a goal each from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah did the damage before half time, with Firmino completing his hat trick after the break.

The goalkeeper's anticipation, vision and technique allowed him to ping a volley out from his own area and launch the attack that led to Liverpool's fourth strike in first-half stoppage-time.

The 0-0 draw at Anfield aside, City have dropped points on four other occasions this season, drawing 1-1 with Wolves and being beaten by Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester.

"I've learned in sports like this that you think about the next step and not the next, next step". He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I'm happy for him.

"We played more with the heart rather than with the head and we started to spend a lot of energy and of course you need the energy in the end, you miss that". McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast: "I'm told that City have enquired to Atletico Madrid about Thomas Partey, who, for me, is one of the most exciting and most effective holding midfielders in European football at this moment in time".

"I said to Aboubakar Kamara to leave the ball to Mitrovic, he is the man who shoots the penalties", said Ranieri.

"We spoke in the dressing room, it is another experience for us, but from bad experiences you learn". "That's what we try as good as possible".

The Gunners simply couldn't live with Liverpool's intensity and speed of the play, and despite their record of producing strong second-half displays this season, they failed to breach the Reds' defence again.

"Before the marathon, the weather is brilliant, new trainers, new shirt, everything brilliant and the people say, 'You will win today!' But first you have to run". In the moment, it is a marathon that we are running, that we are part of.

From a position of dominance just a few weeks ago, City have fallen to third, and have already lost more games this term (3) than they did in the entirety of the last (2).

"Outstanding player, outstanding person, really amusing and nice guy".

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