Shaqiri hoping for more from hat-trick hero Firmino

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- Liverpool have accrued 54 points from their opening 20 Premier League games this season; when assuming three points for a win, only Chelsea (55 in 2005-2006) and Manchester City (58 in 2017-2018) have ever had more at this stage in English top-flight history.

Arsenal are expected to make two changes against Liverpool from the side that was held to a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day, according to ES.

Firmino finished his hat-trick with a coolly converted penalty but it was all about his second goal.

- Roberto Firmino's hat-trick is the sixth to have been scored in fixtures between Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League - the most hat-tricks in a single fixture in Premier League history.

Sadio Mane made it 3-1, converting a low Salah cross after a brilliant cross-field pass from Andy Robertson and then on the stroke of halftime Salah made it 4-1 from the spot after he had been brought down in the box.

His first goal was fortuitous to say the least but was typical Firmino, the Reds no.9 sensing an opportunity, carrying on his run to pounce on a loose ball and tapping it in from close range with the return of his trademark no-look finish.

"Anything is possible. We are in a good way, it's tough but it's a great time to be a Liverpool player". I hope he can keep going like this.

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"It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team and crowd". You land a blow on us, we land three, four, or in this instance five, back. "I think we started to pay for the effort in the other games".

His teammates wanted Mitrovic to take the penalty but Kamara refused, disobeying the orders of Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, only to look deeply embarrassed seconds later when his effort was saved by Jonas Lossl.

It was fantastic to see both buried - the Reds' record from the spot last season was far from impressive - but the main talking point has to be the build up to the first.

With a crunch clash against Liverpool coming up at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, Pep Guardiola's men can ill afford to drop more points as they travel to St Mary's on Sunday.

"The only thing that can get annoying after a while is answering the same questions, so maybe you think a little bit about what you ask and not all the time the same!"

But Klopp said he wasn't convinced to start with that Firmino should have been taking the kick after Salah had already scored a penalty earlier in the match.

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