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Liverpool 5 - 1 Arsenal: Hot Reds hit top gear

By Carl Markham

The last time Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel scored twice in a game he was playing junior football in Slovakia.

After just 11 goals in 230 previous appearances, the 28-year-old scored the fourth-placed Reds' opening two in the 5-1 demolition of Arsenal which not only dented the Gunners' title credentials but boosted their own in the process.

He's known more for his aerial ability in his own penalty area but he gave his side a dream start after just 52 seconds and then headed home 10 minutes later, both from Steven Gerrard set-pieces.

Skrtel's goals gave Liverpool the platform and they seized on that with further additions from the excellent Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge as Arsenal were left reeling after just 20 minutes of action.

Sterling's second just after the break ensured there would be no dramatic comeback and Mikel Arteta's penalty, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been needlessly felled by Gerrard, was not much of a consolation for the fans' long journey back to London.

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