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Liverpool hammer Boro 3-0 to push Arsenal down to third

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Liverpool moved level on points with Arsenal and ahead of the Gunners into second place on goals scored with a well deserved 3-0 win away to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night. A couple of goals and an assist from Man of the Match Adam Lallana was at the heart of an excellent outing for Liverpool, who returned to winning ways after dropping 5 points in their last two games.

Traditionally an unhappy hunting ground for the Reds, Liverpool improved their record at the Riverside to 3 wins from 16 games in this their first visit to Boro since 2009.

Both teams made a couple of chances from the weekend with Liverpool bringing in defender Ragnar Klavan for Joel Matip, while underfire goalkeeper Loris Karius dropped to the bench with Simon Mignolet finally getting back in on the action.

Boro defended solidly for the better part of the opening half hour without offering much of a threat going forward. Nathaniel Clyne stretched his legs early, but wasted his cross, it would get better for the England international as the match wore on.

Adam Lallana also threatened in the early exchanges, but his effort on goal was blocked by Boro's on-loan Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

Lallana did get his name on the scoresheet just before the half hour mark, nodding home Clyne's pacey cross from point blank range to put Liverpool 1-0 ahead.

Boro tried to respond straight away through former Ajax striker Viktor Fischer, but Simon Mignolet made a solid save down at his near post.

The hosts continued their efforts to get back level before the break, but ran into some stubborn defending as first Dejan Lovren and then Adam Lallana made a couple of solid blocks.

Instead it was Liverpool who almost doubled their advantage, the base of the post coming to Boro's rescue after Sadio Mane had beaten Victor Valdes with his effort.

Liverpool came out of the blocks for the second half at lightening quick pace and Sadio Mane was twice denied in the early exchanges by some strong blocks by the Boro defence.

Firmino was also growing into the game as it progressed but the Brazilian couldn't put Mane's cross on target. Moments later, Firmino looked to return the favour, but Mane's effort was cut out slightly suspiciously by the arm of Chambers.

Boro's resistance ended in the 60th minute as a fantastic team goal from Liverpool made the game safe. Divock Origi was at the end of things to score his fifth goal in as many games, but it was beautifully set up by their front five with Mane, Firmino and Wijnaldum all getting a touch before Lallana laid the ball on a plate for Origi to strike home.

With the flood gates now well and truly open, it was a case of when and not if Liverpool would score. Liverpool's third of the night came in the 68th mintue as it was Origi's turn to become a provider, setting up Lallana for an easy finish at the far post.

There were more goals there for the offing for Liverpool, but Manager Jurgen Klopp decided to resist the temptation of giving Lallana a chance to net a hat-trick and opted to rest him for the challenges that lie ahead, throwing on Lucas Leiva as he shut shop and picked up a much needed clean sheet.

Up next for Liverpool is the small matter of a Merseyside derby away to an Everton side that is buoyed by ending their five match win-less run against Arsenal last night. With Chelsea on a 10 match winning run and having easy games to come in the near future, Liverpool will know that they need to pick up maximum points at Goodison Park to stay in touch with the Blues.

Teams:

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton (Leadbitter 56'), De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Fischer (Downing 56'), Negredo (Rhodes 77')

Subs: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Downing, Rhodes, Nugent

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum (Ejaria 87'), Lallana (Lucas 82'), Mane, Firmino, Origi.

Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Woodburn.

Final Score: Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool (Lallana 29' 68', Origi 60')

Also Read: Lallana post match reaction / Klopp's post match reaction

Other Results from Wednesday Night: Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea / Crystal Palace 1-2 Man Utd / Tottenham 3-0 Hull / Man City 2-0 Watford