Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

Gap between Arsenal and Liverpool closer than scoreline - Unai Emery

Don't get a nosebleed, Reds, but after Spurs made an absolute bags of it against Wolves today, victory for Jurgen Klopp's men this evening will see them go nine points clear at the summit, and 10 clear of champions Manchester City (who will have a game in hand).

"I'm disappointed in myself", he said.

"It's absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December".

If Liverpool do go on to win the title and become champions of England for the first time since 1990, it will be as much down to the influence of the Dutch worldwide as the goals of Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino, who hit a hat trick against Arsenal.

Asked the best way to hold on to a lead, Guardiola told a news conference: "You score another one". For now, Liverpool are firing on all cylinders, with no area more crucial than their defending.

It didn't start off so well, though. "We got 44 points in the first round".

After Salah was tackled, an attempted clearance from Stephan Lichtsteiner hit teammate Shkodran Mustafi and ricocheted into the path of Firmino, who tapped in without looking at the ball.

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Liverpool's title charge continues at home to Arsenal on Saturday, Klopp's side having won eight successive Premier League games for the first time under his leadership by beating Newcastle United 4-0 on Boxing Day.

That has evaporated as injuries have stacked up, but with Lucas Torreira struggling as their midfield terrier in front of the back four once again, Arsenal must plug the gaps which keep on appearing in their backline away from home.

Liverpool players didn't hang their heads at all after that goal.

Salah got in on the act just before halftime and, just like against Newcastle, it came from a soft penalty when Sokratis clumsily barged into the back of the Egypt forward.

Liverpool were awarded another penalty in the 65th minute after Dejan Lovren was shoved inside the box and Salah gave Firmino the opportunity to complete his hat-trick and the Brazilian did find his third goal from 12-yards to make it 5-1.

"Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby and I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals", added Klopp.

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