Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal: A tale of two title contenders...and yes, the Reds still are

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Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield earlier today.

Liverpool laid down an emphatic marker in Saturday's early kick-off, hitting five past the current league leaders Arsenal. 

Martin Skrtel scored twice in the first 10 minutes, first from close-range and then heading home a second. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge then scored twice in the space of four minutes to put the hosts 4-0 up with just 20 minutes on the clock.

When Sterling scored his second and Liverpool's fifth just seven minutes after the re-start, it looked like it was going to be an absolute battering.  But Arsenal pulled one back when Mikel Arteta scored from the penalty-spot, after Steven Gerrard had brought down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The result means both Chelsea and Manchester City can go above the Gunners with victories this weekend, while Liverpool climbed to within just five points of the Gunners.

It seems the number of valid title contenders has just risen to four. 

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