Liverpool’s African stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were on target as the Reds humped Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League Saturday evening.
The Gunners were first to score 11 minutes into the game through makeshift right-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles who tucked into an empty net after a low cross from Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi.
But the lead was short-lived after only three minutes as some comic defending by Arsenal allowed Robert Firmino begin his journey for a hat-trick feat with a poke into an empty net.
On 16 minutes, Firmino was on hand to capitalize on another disastrous defending, fling past the Arsenal centre-back pair before finding the bottom corner.
Then came the time for the 2018 African Player of the Year nominees to get onto the scoresheet for rampant Liverpool.
Mo Salah turned provider for Senegalese mate Sadio Mane. The Egyptian, on receiving a diagonal pass from the right opted to hit a first-time pass into the path of Mane who finished with much aplomb.
Salah then earned Liverpool a penalty minutes before the halftime break and went on to score. 4-1 the opening 45 minutes ended.
Liverpool continued to dominate in the second half but managed to add one more goal – from a penalty decision by referee Michael Olivier following a foul on Dejan Lovren.
Firmino stepped up to send the ball into the top right corner to complete his treble and good day’s work at the office.
The 5-1 annihilation of Arsenal sees Liverpool move nine points clear at the top of the English Premier League.