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Liverpool 2, Arsenal 2: First Thoughts

Liverpool got the minimum they deserved after a late Martin Skrtel equaliser at Anfield.

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Liverpool 2 Coutinho 45', Skrtel 90+6',
Arsenal 2 Debuchy 45+1', Giroud 64',

  • There was only one change from the victory in midweek as Mamadou Sakho replaced the injured Dejan Lovren as Brendan Rodgers persevered with the same formation used in the last two games. While victory was beyond Liverpool against Manchester United, many loyal Reds had seen a considerable improvement in creating chances in the final third. Defensively Liverpool would need to change the narrative to earn three points.

  • In the opening half an hour, Liverpool enjoyed just over 70 percent possession, and were the better side in a match that wasn't the most exciting. Lazar Marković and Jordan Henderson showed plenty of enthusiasm and drive on the flanks. Philippe Coutinho was the outstanding player in the first half hour and that continued throughout until half time.

  • There were two chances for Lazar Marković. Arsenal lost possession through Olivier Giroud on Arsenal's left, Henderson found Coutinho on the edge of the area, and Brazilian shuffled right to drive the ball low and across into the net off the post. The celebration was passionate and Liverpool deserved the lead. It was to last for moments as Arsenal equalised through a set piece. Brad Jones and Martin Skrtel were culpable for the goal, but there's always a player, always a lack of concentration, always a fundamental flaw in defensive organisation.

  • That equaliser was too soft at such a crucial stage of the game and was bordering of disgraceful.

  • Liverpool continued to press at the start of the second half and had a number of chances before Arsenal took the lead against the run of play through Giroud. Arsenal did not enjoy many chances but took them.The defending for the goal wasn't the best once again, but it was a good move from the away side. Santi Cazorla worked his way to the byline and cut the ball back for the Frenchman who finished well to put Wenger's side ahead.

  • Liverpool continued to press for an equaliser and on the balance of the game, the home side should have taken at least a point from the game before Fabio Borini's late sending off for two bookable offences. Even with ten men, Liverpool were the better side and when Martin Skrtel scored from a corner in added on time, justice was done. 

  • With 9 minutes of extra time added, Liverpool had another couple of minutes of extra time to find a swashbuckling winner, but at least defeat was averted. Liverpool must improve the defence drastically as it's undermining a lot of progress made over the last few games. Liverpool have created a lot of chances against Manchester United and Arsenal over the past two games, but only have a point to show for it.

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