Liverpool's potentially season-defining 5-1 trouncing over Premier League title-chasing Arsenal has dominated the back-pages not just because of the scoreline, freak results can occur, but the manner in which they so effectively swept Arsenal to the side.
Even against Manchester City, when the Gunners were downed 6-3, Arsene Wenger's side looked capable of scoring, but versus Brendan Rodgers' Reds, the North Londoners struggled to string their passes together and failed to match the pace set by the home side.
The game was over within 20 minutes, as Daniel Sturridge struck, punctuating a perfect start, a perfect rout, capping a brace from Martin Skrtel and a Raheem Sterling effort - who added his second on the 52nd minute.
Not only were Liverpool faster, quicker to loose balls and playing with swift precision, but refused to sit back to admire their first goal, they went for a second, third, fourth… the kill - and BBC pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson couldn't have been happier, writing in the Liverpool Echo: 'They never stopped. Even at 4-0 up, they were pressing Arsenal all over the pitch and the crowd loved that.
'It was a little bit like the old days. Liverpool supporters can forgive an awful lot if a player is willing to get stuck in and run after the opposition. That kind of pressing is contagious. If a few players do it, the crowd pick up on it and suddenly all the players want to get involved.
'Arsenal weren’t given a chance to breathe - I loved watching that. And with more home games coming up against teams towards the top of the league, Liverpool have to keep doing it.'
Liverpool now face Fulham in West London, ahead of a trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, this time in the FA Cup, on Sunday. Liverpool close the month by hosting Swansea City, on February 23.
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