Given they dominated much of the match, a draw at Anfield against Arsenal might easily be seen as a disappointing result for a Liverpool side desperately needing points. Two lost rather than one gained. Yet given their struggles all season so far, even a point against a side similarly hoping to retain a spot in the top four has to be seen as something of a success.
That Liverpool managed to dominate for much of the match has to be seen as a success given they have looked dominant very rarely so far this season, no matter the opponent. That even after a disappointing season in which they have rarely looked dominant they fought back for a late equaliser also has to be seen as a positive, as something they can hopefully build upon.
"I'm thoroughly disappointed we didn't take all three points," said Adam Lallana, who was once again one of Liverpool's standout performers in an attacking midfield role. "But there was a good feeling about the whole atmosphere and the performance today. It's been like that for the last few games. We feel we're turning a corner and getting a little bit of rhythm into our game.
"That goal was huge for us at the end because we would have been throughly disappointed with losing, but it was a point, a good performance, and we move on. Although we didn't get the result, we picked up a vital point getting a goal in the last minute, and when we meet up again for training there won't be that bitter disappointment at not putting in a good performance."
After starting the season on the injured list, Lallana struggled to consistently see the pitch for his new club despite for much of the autumn despite that he often looked one of Liverpool's most dangerous and hard-working players when he did. In recent weeks, though, that seems to finally be changing, and with it the club's form finally seems to be changing a little bit, too.
One of the problems with getting him into the lineup in October and November had been a reluctance on the part of Brendan Rodgers to send both Lallana and Philippe Coutinho onto the pitch at the same time. A move to the 3-6-1 formation over the past few games, though, has meant room for both from the start, and so far Liverpool look much better for it.
"We've found a system that the gaffer has changed and got us playing, and I think it's working," added the midfielder. "We've been creating a lot more chances-in the United game, the Bournemouth game, and today. I'm happy with the way things are going on the field at the minute, but we just want to pick up more results."