Liverpool’s hat-trick hero Firmino doesn’t even have to look against Arsenal these days

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has become so accustomed to scoring against Arsenal he doesn’t even need to look these days.

Of course, the Brazilian’s patented finish isn’t just the reserve of the Gunners.

But there was something apt that Firmino was given the opportunity to grace Anfield with its presence here.

He just loves scoring against Arsenal. And within two minutes of his celebration being aired after capitalising on trademark defensive calamity to tap in from close range, Firmino produced a real moment of magic.

Picking up the ball 40 yards from goal, he jinked his way beyond Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis before leaving Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno motionless with a clever, early finish.

Firmino has enjoyed some fine moments during his Anfield career but, even by his standards, this was something special.

It ended a mini-drought of five games for the Brazilian and, remarkably, was his first Premier League goal at Anfield of the campaign.

And, in the context of the game, it was a much-needed one-two with Liverpool momentarily stunned by Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ opener in front of the Kop.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were behind for all of three minutes. Come full-time, Firmino had completed his first Reds hat-trick in a 5-1 romp.

That’s eight goals in as many appearances against Arsenal for the Brazilian, who this term has taken time to adapt to his new role behind main striker Mohamed Salah.

His goals also moved him ahead of former Reds team-mate Philippe Coutinho as the highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history.

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