Liverpool took another huge step towards ending their 30 year wait for a league title with a sensational win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
It may well have been second versus first in the Premier League table, however, the gulf between the two side’s performances could hardly have been further apart, Liverpool exerting their dominance for almost the entirety of the game in the East Midlands.
While Leicester have received plenty of plaudits for some of their performances this season, and rightly so, the visit of the league leaders highlighted just how far Jurgen Klopp’s World Champions are ahead of the rest of the pack, their 4-0 win opening up a 13 point lead.
Roberto Firmino followed up his winner in the Club World Cup final at the weekend with the opener, the Brazilian expertly steering his header past Kasper Schmeichel following a delicious ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Substitute James Milner would double the Reds’ lead with his first touch of the game from the penalty spot, before Firmino coolly doubled his tally following another accurate Alexander-Arnold delivery.
The England international right-back would cap an excellent display with a fine goal of his own, and speaking after the game, the 21-year-old Scouser admitted that it was their best performance to date.
“We played really good football after all the travelling and intense period, yes it is the best performance of the season and we controlled it, to get four goals is something to be proud of,” Alexander-Arnold told Amazon.
“I don’t get on the scoresheet too often. I saw the space from Sadio Mane’s pass and thought ‘hit it first time’. [It’s] Good to get the goals, but the three points are what we came for. We are made up.
“You don’t really think you will be 13 points clear but we are happy to be in this position and we will take it for granted. This is the Premier League and anything can happen.”
Next up for Liverpool is a home game against Wolves on Sunday, though Nuno Espirito Santo’s men must first face Man City on Friday in this jam-packed festive fixture schedule.