Sunday’s 4-0 game was an emphatic win for Liverpool in the best way. None of the players looked too troubled, Liverpool dominated at every turn, and each one of the four goals scored was a joy to watch. It’s easy to picture glories heaped on this team while you’re riding on the euphoria of win like this, but pre-Arsenal Bobby Firmino doesn’t think that those dreams are out of the realm of possibility.
"We must at least repeat our performance of last year by finishing in the top four, and then fight for the title,” Firmino told the Mirror. "The team is also very motivated by the experience of being back in the Champions League. The target is to finish in the best possible position -- and we are aiming high.”
Firmino believes that the key to Liverpool’s title dreams lie in a relatively level playing field.
"I think we have a chance because the Premier League is a very open competition this year,” he said. "For me, there doesn't exist an out-and-out favourite. All the squads have improved but there isn't one single 'super team' and everybody will believe they have a chance."
“The key for us is to win our games at Anfield and make it an impossible place for rivals to visit.”
Which, you know, the Reds have done a pretty good job of so far, moreso this weekend than the previous one, but still.
“But you can see it will be a closer title race than in the past,” Firmino added. “So we need to take our opportunity.”
Liverpool will have an uphill battle to maintain that record at home in September when they play host to both Sevilla and Burnley. Fingers crossed that the magic from this weekend continues then.