Roberto Firmino scored with an impudent no-look finish. There were jubilant cries of “Ole!” as Liverpool played possession football near the end, and the final whistle was met with a chant of “We shall not be moved” from The Kop.
Juergen Klopp’s players look unstoppable as they march toward a first English top-flight title since 1990.
And they are having fun at the same time.
In the latest statement victory in its unbeaten start to the Premier League season, Liverpool overwhelmed Arsenal’s meek challenge in a 5-1 win at Anfield on Saturday, with Firmino scoring a hat trick and Mohamed Salah invariably among the goals.
A ninth straight league victory opened a nine-point lead over second-placed Tottenham, which unexpectedly lost 3-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in its first match since seriously entering the title-race conversation.
Manchester City will climb back into second spot, and within seven points of the lead, if it beats Southampton on Sunday. But there is already an ominous feel about Liverpool’s ruthless performances, and it is now 20 league games undefeated for Klopp’s men.
“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot,” Klopp said. “It’s not important how many points you are ahead in December … if we drop three points, the next headline is, ‘Are they nervous now?’.”
Liverpool received huge help from their rivals on Saturday.