Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool FC’s 5-1 win over Arsenal

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After getting themselves ahead, Liverpool then added two more in the first half when Mane and Salah got in on the act.

And they did just that as a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino and goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Arsenal to the sword in a dominant display at Anfield.

That was Liverpool's first clean sheet in 12 Anfield meetings. We haven't conceded a lot of goals this year so we didn't know how we'd react, but the response after Arsenal scored first was world class.

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).

"We are very happy to win this game".

"We never thought about that", he said of Liverpool's nine-point advantage.

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Firmino didn't even have to look at the ball when he slotted the equaliser into an empty net after Sokratis's attempted clearance rebounded off Mustafi into his path to quickly level.

"We need people at the top of their game".

"It's a hard moment for us", said Arsenal boss Unai Emery, whose side could slip five points adrift of the top four if Chelsea win at Crystal Palace on Sunday. We spoke in the dressing room - it's another experience for us.

Salah felt confident enough, and the entire team comfortable enough at 4-1, to allow Firmino to take over penalty duties to complete his hat-trick, while a volley from Jordan Henderson that set sail in the direction of Liverpool city centre was greeted with a colourful response from The Kop, which the captain acknowledged with a beaming smile and arms raised aloft.

Liverpool were given another penalty midway through the second half when Sead Kolasinac was adjudged to have pushed Dejan Lovren.

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

Although an injury is said to be the reason for his absence, it is likely to further fuel the incessant speculation linking Ozil with a move away from Arsenal before the start of next season.

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