Jurgen Klopp said he "almost cried" when Mohamed Salah let Roberto Firmino take Liverpool's second penalty to complete his hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 demolition of Arsenal. No disrespect to them but everybody was thinking Man City were untouchable. That's really important. We came into the season and if we...
"It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team and crowd".
He may not have been red hot in recent months, but Firmino turned up when Liverpool needed him most to start their rout.
The game would end 5-1 to Liverpool, a win which will see them end 2018 with a hefty lead at the top of the table.
His midfield partner had a tougher night, with Fabinho's passing radar in particular a little off but such was the imperious nature of Wijnaldum's performance that it simply just didn't matter.
"The only thing that can get annoying is answering the same questions".
Liverpool had trailed at home in the league for the first time in a day short of a year when Ainsley Maitland-Niles turned home Alex Iwobi's excellent cross after 11 minutes.
Liverpool recovered from the shock of conceding an early goal by wiping out the deficit in a devastating 90-second spell, during which Roberto Firmino scored twice.
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"He took Liverpool to a Champions League final with some really memorable victories, again, against City on the way and I think what you're looking for managers to do is progress and show signs of continuing to learn and progress".
- Liverpool are now unbeaten in 31 Premier League games at Anfield (W22 D9), their joint-longest ever unbeaten home run in the competition, having also gone 31 without defeat between December 2007 and August 2009.
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.
In the space of a few seconds and even less passes, Liverpool had gone from defending an Arsenal attack to Salah being fouled inside the visitors box. To be 4-1 up at half-time was incredible.
And despite City's brilliance, Klopp gets the nod for Northcroft over Guardiola because the men from Anfield have made the biggest strides forward.
In other matches, Brighton and Hobe Albion secured a 1-0 win over Everton, Cardiff City stunned Leicester City by the same scoreline and the spoils were shared between Watford and Newcastle after their 1-1 draw.
"It is a huge one", Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson said.