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Summary

  1. Skrtel levels with 97th-minute header
  2. Borini sent off for two late bookings
  3. Arsenal score first two shots on target

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell but follow our European live

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And that brings a bubbling day of live football to a close.

Sunderland won a fourth straight north-east derby with a late goal by Adam Johnson sending Newcastle fans home in bleak Christmas mood.

And late drama at Anfield saw 10-man Liverpool

earn a draw against Arsenal who faced more shots than at any time in the last 11 years and had their lowest possession tally in the same period.

Merry Christmas, if you love your footy, fill your boots over the coming days. Remember Match of the Day 2 is on later and there is a tonne of video on our website, not to mention a

live European football text.

Arsenal's tough festive spell

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Arsenal may well be up to sixth but not many would fancy their three games over the festive period.

Queens Park Rangers - who cannot win away from home - visit the Emirates on Boxing Day but then the Gunners face trips to West Ham and Southampton either side of the New Year.

Tricky. Andy Carroll will have a field day if Per Mertesacker sucks crosses as he did at the death today.

Player reaction

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Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones: "Come the end of the game it's a good point. Scoring late on and getting the equaliser, it's a boost. We dominated for long periods and were disappointed not to be well ahead. In the end the pressure paid off and we come away with a point but I think a fantastic performance.

"We lacked confidence at the start of the season with a lot of new players. Once that confidence comes back then you'll see the confidence and the results."

Player reaction

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini: "It's never easy to come to Anfield and win easily. Today the word is frustration because we did everything right until the last two minutes. But things like that happen in football.

"It's a point we are happy to take but we had the chance to win this game."

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Neil: We need to completely change our defensive process. I don't think it's the players I think it's the system at the back. Arsenal second goal was a carbon copy of the move that Bournemouth failed to convert in the week. I knew a better team would try it.

Jimmy, Plymouth: Was halfway through declaring that although harsh that Rodgers should lose his job on the back of a loss to a good team like Arsenal, that's how it will play out. Then Skrtel happened! Doesn't solve the huge problem for the owners in that their team don't seem to believe they can beat any Premier League opposition, and that their coach will be asking them for another £50m.

David, Warrington: Referee shocking again. Why does no one notice the yellow card-fest that is the last ten minutes of premier league match? Do they have targets to meet?

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Who had impact?

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What now for Arsenal?

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Three losses, three wins and a draw in their last seven league games.

Inconsistency has riddled Arsenal this season and they did not look like a side capable of grabbing a run of games by the scruff of the neck on today's showing.

The Gunners looked almost lazy in their approach to building possession but were at least able to compete when not playing well, a feature so often used as a means to praise sides by pundits.

The late show with Martin Skrtel

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Martin Skrtel scores
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There have been five 90th minute or later goals in the last seven Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

Today's marked Martin Skrtel's first goal of the season and few could argue with the Slovakian defender's commitment to the cause after a nasty looking head injury earlier in the game.

His header drew a raised fist from Brendan Rodgers and hugs among Liverpool's coaching staff but short of a great run in the coming Christmas period, the Reds look like they will finish way down on what they'd have hoped for in August.

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spintowin: Just waiting for the same old we weren't at the required level physically rubbish from Arsene Wenger.

Alex Burgham: Ironic we end the game with two defenders and one of them scores. Get a new striker in.

Jack: Mertesacker showing no leadership again throughout the game ducking under the ball rather than attacking it. Disgraceful.

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A reminder you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's 606 at the top of this page.

Ian Wright is in studio and just said the thing he hates about Christmas is "sprouts". The former Arsenal striker is dissecting today's 2-2 draw.

Lawrie is currently on the line from Bridlington and says Arsene Wenger's expiry date has long gone.

Manager reaction

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is currently speaking in a news conference and the general message is one of optimism.

He believes his side were very good and deserved more today. Asked if he thinks they can make an impression on the top four he replies before the question is finished: "Absolutely."

He expects to have Daniel Sturridge back after the Christmas period. "That will be really exciting for this team. Put him back in and we will be back to that flow in our game and results hopefully."

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Ste Maguire: Sick of fickle fans wanting their manager/best players out after one poor match. Sort yourselves out.

EPM: All the sad acts calling for Brendan Rogers sacking, rather like West Ham and Allardyce last year.

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Manager reaction

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, speaking to BBC Sport: "There's no doubt we deserved to win the game, our performance level was outstanding. Our performance today was better then when we won here last year 5-1. We had total domination of the first half, and 1-0 was probably about right. But then we gave away a disappointing goal right on half-time, and that can leave you a bit deflated.

"In the second half we continued to press, probe and create, and then all of a sudden we gave away a poor goal. There's no problem with our organisation. It is the decision making that can be our problem, and you cannot make poor decisions if you are going to keep clean sheets. But even down to 10 men we kept penetrating and the goal at the end was the very least we deserved, for the character we showed."

Organisation not our issue - Rodgers

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Reds vital festive period

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Liverpool will look at their next three games to drastically improve their league position.

They go to Burnley on Boxing Day and are then visited by Swansea on 29 December and Leicester City on New Year's Day.

All winnable games but with just two victories in nine outings, would you back the Reds against anyone?

Manager reaction

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was an outstanding performance, our passing and movement on the pitch, which is terrible, was superb.

"We deserved to be one up at half-time and I don't think it was a free-kick in the build-up to their second. Alexis Sanchez dived for me and the referee bought it, but we have to defend better. We lost three duels and we need to win the first one.

"I'm delighted with our performances this week against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Arsenal, it shows we are getting back to where we are.

"At half-time we asked for more of the same with the same movement and then we showed great character to fight back from 2-1 down with 10 men.

"I don't think before this week we have been close to that level of speed and thought. You have to be creative as a coach to find a system that brings you back to that."

Europa League-bound?

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Brendan Rodgers
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Manager reaction

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sky Sports: "It was important for us to come back before half time - 1-1 was a good result. Goalscorer Olivier Giroud was quite sick overnight and he became more influential in the second half.

"Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho in the first half caused us problems as did Raheem Sterling. We gave them more problems after the break."

On whether the result was fair: "My first job is to win the games. When you are 2-1 up with minutes to go you want to win, but objectively 2-2 is a fair result."

The Twitter pundits

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Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand: Liverpool deserved the draw.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney: That was deserved.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton: Great header that. Liverpool have deserved at least that if not more today.

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Manager reaction

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Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on BBC Sport: "It was maybe a fair result, but we are disappointed to give a goal away with a free header from a corner. It was an intense game. We played a little bit with a handbrake in the first half. Liverpool played well. We lost the ball too quickly in the first half - when you are not used to something it was frustrating.

"In the long stoppage time you have to survive two three corners and free-kicks. For their goal, we had plenty of defenders on the pitch. It's disappointing that we didn't even jump. You want everybody to be focused on the corner."

One up on the enemy

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Liverpool fans can at least take comfort from the fact a point moves them a place above local rivals Everton into 10th and Arsenal supporters can draw consolation from moving one above north London enemies Tottenham. They sit sixth on goal difference.

It is fair to say neither side would have aspired for these standings in August.

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Ben McBean: I think most LFC and AFC fans would take the draw. We (LFC) dominated but have been garbage this season so far.

Tunde Olore: Put a man on the post and you clear that. These players never learn. Am more frustrated at the way they conceded the goal.

Myztik Allen: Definition of insanity is doing same thing every season and expect different result. #WengerOut

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Player reaction

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel speaking to Sky Sports: "Obviously it is something different having three defenders at the back. But I thought we did well and moved the ball well and were unlucky not to get three points.

"It was disappointing because after a great performance against Bournemouth, we came into this game with lots of confidence."

On his injury: "It was painful at the time, but I think it is all right now. Injuries are all part of football."

On his goal: "It was a great cross from Adam Lallana. I had missed a header a bit before and I have been waiting for a goal for a long time."

Where did they attack?

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Liverpool seemed to target Arsenal's right-hand side throughout the game...

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While the Gunners were more even in targeting their infrequent attacks...

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Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on Sky Sports: "I thought we were the dominant team. We created enough chances to get the win. Great credit to Martin Skrtel and the lads, with 10 men to get that was the least we deserved. We were bitterly disappointed to concede before the break, especially with them getting a goal at a crucial time of the game.

"It was massively important we got something from the game. We can take momentum from that goal into the Christmas period and need to start turning draws and performances into wins."

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BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

"I think over the course of the 100 minutes that result was right. Arsenal made quite a few chances in the second half and they will feel they were the better team after Liverpool were the better team in the first.

"Arsenal will stress that they have quite a few big names still to come back while Liverpool have only really Daniel Sturridge injured."

Arsenal's tough day

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Arsenal's 36% share of possession is also their lowest Premier League figure since statisticians Opta started gathering their data in August 2003.

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Wasteful Liverpool?

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That Gym Guy: As an Arsenal fan I would take 2-2. Bear in mind we were getting dominated for most of the game.

Mickey Wallis: Same old same old. Arsenal throwing away a hard graft 3 points from a set piece. So frustrating.

Kurt Booth: A win would've been nice, to be honest it's not a bad result for us at Anfield, but it might be a killer for Brendan Rodgers.

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BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

Santi Cazorla reacts
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"Santi Cazorla was as good as any Arsenal player. I think they will be pleased at getting a 2-2 draw but will be disappointed at having thrown away two points. Over the course of the game I think 2-2 is about right and both teams will take it."

FULL-TIME

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Phew. Time to catch some breath after that finish.

Just the nine minutes of added time and the man whose injury prompted the extension scored the equaliser at the death.

Martin Skrtel's header will at least perhaps hold off criticism of Brendan Rodgers. His side deserved at least a point.

The game throws up questions again. Do Liverpool need a new striker sharpish? Is Fabio Borini now officially frozen out after his red card? We will try to bring you some answers in the reaction.

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Santi Cazorla roams through the Liverpool midfield, the game is shapeless, but his shot from 25 yards is palmed away from Brad Jones. This game is ending in pulsating fashion.

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The Kop is roaring every kick. We have one minute to go and if Liverpool snatch this the roof will cave in.

Pinball in midfield and Arsenal launch a final attack.

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BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

"It was just made for him. As soon as the ball curled in you could see it was going to be him. It was a great header, met with power and well placed into the bottom corner. You just knew after the injury something would happen involving his head."

GOAL

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Martin Skrtel scores
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In comes yet another corner and Martin Skrtel, complete with head bandage, attacks Adam Lallana's delivery to bullet a header home.

They have 10 men but Liverpool could at least take a point. Around 90 seconds remain.

Martin Skrtel celebrates
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Arsenal look solid and have the edge of their 18-yard box well defended but Steven Gerrard has a go from range and Wojciech Szczesny has to parry away.

The effort is there from the home side. The killer instinct nowhere to be found.

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Steve, happy City fan: Sobering times this Xmas at Anfield. If Chelsea win tomorrow they will have double Liverpool's points

Ash, Burntwood: The money wasn't well spent in the summer, too many midfielders were bought when that wasn't a problem area. As good a coach as Rodgers is he must take the blame for not securing a world class centre half

Mo, Manchester: I don't understand why Liverpool fans are surprised, every game is just a thought of hope. We are not going to do anything but fluctuate from 7th-11th and the sooner people realise that the better it'll be. And yes I'm a Liverpool fan

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Mark Lawrenson

Football Analyst at Anfield for BBC Radio 5 live

"Fabio Borini has gone for the ball there and caught Santi Cazorla, which is right for a booking but it shows you how idiotic the first booking was for throwing the ball away."

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We are deep into Michael Thomas time.

Michael Thomas of Arsenal scores at Anfield in 1989
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His late goal won Arsenal a title at Anfield. Anything late here would be far less dramatic but could hugely boost the campaign of either side.

Raheem Sterling shoots for injury-time glory but his effort is way over from range.

RED CARD

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal - Fabio Borini

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Santi Cazorla
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Fabio Borini hang your head in shame.

Moments after collecting a yellow for slamming the ball into the turf in protest at a throw-in decision he gets a second one for a high kick on Santi Cazorla. Right decision. Off you go.