What a strange, hectic, at times terrible but at times brilliant game. Liverpool were outplayed for much of the game against Arsenal, struggling to control the tempo, conceding chances but still creating plenty of our own. Refereeing aside, it’s hard to argue too much with the draw.
No doubt that Liverpool can play better than this, though, and James Milner knows it.
“It’s disappointing, when you are 1-0 up late on you should see it out and we didn’t manage to do that”, BBC Sport report Milner as saying. “At both ends of the field we can do better.
”The pleasing thing is the chances we created. I didn’t know that was my 50th Premier League goal which is nice but it would have been nicer to get three points.
”We could have kept our shape better in the first half, we needed to be more solid, that’s somehing to learn from. We were better in the second half and were a threat from set-pieces.
“When you are disappointed with a point at Arsenal it is a positive thing. We created a lot of chances and could have had more goals but it is another learning curve to see the game out.
”We want to be exciting and play good football and we will always do that with the players we have but in the big games you can’t always rely on scoring two or three goals to win a game.
”It is a good point in the end but we need to find a way to see these games out and be a bit more clinical”.
As usual, James Milner is straight talking. He knows that Liverpool have both strengths and weaknesses and will happily admit it. Liverpool should have shown more control today against Arsenal, and we can only hope to see it going forward.