Roberto Firmino is back to his devastating best.
The Brazilian striker has three goals as well as an assist in his previous two matches as Liverpool moved six points clear at the Premier League summit.
The 7-0 victory at Crystal Palace was arguably the biggest statement Firmino and the Reds have made to the rest of the league so far this season.
Even when they are wounded, this Liverpool machine very-much remain the team to beat.
And the paradoxical aspect of it all was that Liverpool still could have played better.
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Firmino had a hand in Sadio Mane’s first goal since October 17, picking out his attacking teammate with a beautifully disguised pass before the Senegalese duly fired past Vicente Guaita to make it 2-0.
He also bagged a magnificent brace to take his league tally for the season to five goals – just over half of what he managed to clock up last season.
Firmino celebrated the biggest league victory of the Jurgen Klopp era with a message to supporters on social media.
In this match, Firmino enjoyed 42 touches and clocked up two shots on targets – both of which were converted.
It was Liverpool’s ninth league win of the season and was by far their most convincing in 2020/21.
Talk about an early Christmas present – for the third year in a row, Liverpool will be top of the Premier League tree on December 25.
It also put to bed a worrying away record, that prior to the trip to Selhurst Park, saw the Reds with just one league win in six matches on the road.
It was the Reds’ biggest win since in the PL in six months – ironically, that particular victory was also against Palace during a 4-0 win at Anfield back in June.
While it is great to see that the team dominating from an attacking sense, it was especially encouraging to see Liverpool win the easy way, as opposed to putting fans through the emotional wringer as they did against Spurs in midweek.
It has put Liverpool and Klopp in a position of sufficient strength ahead of a much-needed eight-day rest period for the English champions.
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