Joe Allen strikes in the 90th minute to snatch a 3-3 draw against Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield…
Liverpool were involved in one of the games of the season on Wednesday night as a pulsating, end-to-end tussle with Arsenal finished with honours even.
The Merseysiders were at their high-tempo best in the opening exchanges and they twice took the lead through the impressive Roberto Firmino – the second of the Brazilian’s goals particularly impressive.
However, as has often been the case this season, sloppiness at the other end of the pitch proved their undoing as Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud levelled.
Either side of the break the visitors showed why they are currently leading the way in the top-flight and Giroud was again on target in the 55th minute with a fine turn and swivelled effort.
Liverpool refused to lie down though and were rewarded for their efforts late on as substitutes Christian Benteke and Joe Allen combined to snatch a dramatic, but entirely deserved, point.
Analysing a captivating encounter at his post-match press conference, Reds boss Jürgen Klopp remarked: “It was a great football game, how it should be. I think people will talk about this game, maybe not too long because on Sunday it is Manchester United, but it’s not easy to forget.
“The beginning was really good. Not perfect, of course, but not too far away from it because we knew how they play and at the start we were better in the game and played really good football.
“We made our first goal, forced it in this situation; the first shot in the box from Emre Can and it was not easy to see for Petr Cech because there were a lot of legs in the box. Roberto was fast enough, especially in mind, to make this goal.
“We have to defend set-plays better; it’s an easy thing to say but we have to work on it and we will work on it. We will analyse it, of course, and we have to do it better.
“We made a brilliant second goal and we stood in the game. The goal of Arsenal wasn’t too big a shock for us, and we made a perfect second goal and were really in the game.
“Then a little bit of losing control and especially around the second goal because Giroud was on the ground after a challenge. We stopped the game a little bit but it wasn’t stopped and they used the situation to make another easy goal.”
Of the second half, the German added: “It was a little bit more open than the beginning of the first half but we came back into the game.
“At the end, it was brilliant from Giroud but in the beginning we have to defend it better – it was not too difficult. We have to be more concentrated in situations like this.
“Then you need a little bit of luck and we had it. We changed players and it was a perfect ball for Christian, a perfect header and a perfect finish. I think it was a well-deserved draw in an all-time spectacular game.”
Klopp unsurprisingly made wholesale changes to his team after the 2-2 draw with Exeter City in the FA Cup on Friday night and they included welcoming back Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Jordan Henderson from injury.
The trio all completed 90 minutes and the former Borussia Dortmund manager declared himself happy with the efforts of every single one of the players selected, despite the defensive aberrations.
“They tried everything,” reflected Klopp. “Really everything. And for long periods they did really, really well and I was really satisfied.
“But in the end, if you want to win – and we wanted to win against Arsenal – you cannot have this lapse of concentration which we had. That’s it, we go on.
“It was a good football game. A draw can be really good to watch, and that was one of these games. Now it’s recovery and again like this, or better, against Manchester United.”
Fierce rivals United, who were also involved in a 3-3 draw this past midweek, visit Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
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