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Luke Reddy

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  1. Farewell but follow our European live

    Father Christmas

    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.

  2. Arsenal's tough festive spell

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  3. Player reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Brad Jones

    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."

  4. Player reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  5. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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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  6. Who had impact?

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Raheem Sterling and Alexis Sanchez
  7. What now for Arsenal?

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  8. The late show with Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Martin Skrtel scores

    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.

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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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  10. Listen to 606

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Brussell Sprouts

    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.

  11. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Daniel Sturridge

    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."

  12. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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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  13. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  14. Organisation not our issue - Rodgers

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    A fan dressed as Jesus at Anfield
  15. Reds vital festive period

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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?

  16. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  17. Europa League-bound?

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Brendan Rodgers
  18. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  19. The Twitter pundits

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

    Keep sending your own views to #bbcfootball.

  20. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger

    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."

  21. One up on the enemy

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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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  23. Player reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Martin Skrtel celebrates

    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."

  24. Where did they attack?

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

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


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

  25. Player reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  26. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  27. Arsenal's tough day

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

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

    BBC Stats
  28. Wasteful Liverpool?

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    Liverpool celebrate
  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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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  30. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

    Santi Cazorla reacts

    "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."


    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  32. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  33. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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.

  34. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

    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."

  35. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal - Martin Skrtel

    Martin Skrtel scores

    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
  36. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    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.

  37. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    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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  38. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    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."

  39. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    We are deep into Michael Thomas time.

    Michael Thomas of Arsenal scores at Anfield in 1989

    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.

  40. RED CARD

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal - Fabio Borini

    Fabio Borini is shown a red card
    Santi Cazorla

    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.

  41. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

    "There is a complete difference to Liverpool when they play with that urgency and push Arsenal back. With Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho running at Arsenal they looked really dangerous."

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Mohammad Rizwan: Dropping Simon Mignolet has back fired big time and Brendan Rogers will probably pay with his job. Brad Jones is rubbish!

    Thomas Rimer: Hope if Rodgers gets sacked, Liverpool doesn't make the mistake of hiring Andre Villas-Boas. Third time in England will not be the charm.

    Ian Rogers: It's amazing how many would-be managers there are in the world when a team is not doing well.

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    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Fabio Borini has tried since coming on and his passion boils over as he is booked for dissent.

    Arsenal introduce Joel Campbell for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to slow the clock and we tick into nine minutes of stoppage time following Martin Skrtel's injury earlier.

    Yes... nine minutes.

  44. That horrible feeling

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Martin Skrtel
  45. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Here comes the pressure and boy do Liverpool need a reward. Again it's Fabio Borini but his shot is parried by Wojciech Szczesny at his near post.

  46. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Fabio Borini, six yards, centre of the goal, glancing header, tipped over the bar.

    Raheem Sterling pulled out a lovely cross there and Borini's header was decent. A yard either side of the keeper and it would have caused major problems.

  47. FIVE TO GO

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    We have five minutes left but don't forget some sizeable injury time given Martin Skrtel's injury in this half. I'd guess six minutes minimum.

  48. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

    Jordan Henderson

    "It is impossible to say what is going on at the back for Liverpool now. It looks like it could be just two. I think they've basically just got Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho there and telling Jordan Henderson to go man-to-man with Alexis Sanchez."

  49. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    The efforts of Philippe Coutinho can't be questioned today. His aggressive forward run is picked out and though he gets space near the dead-ball line, his shot is side netting only.


    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Central defender Kolo Toure makes way and striker Rickie Lambert comes onto the field. Liverpool's players look confused, this is a new formation for the remaining 10 minutes or so.

    It looks like Jordan Henderson will be right-back in a 4-4-2 system.

    Arsene Wenger replies by bringing on Francis Coquelin for Olivier Giroud. That should firm things up. Coquelin was on loan at Charlton 10 days ago. Get out there and enjoy it son.

  51. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

    "Liverpool do not deserve to be behind but there is now the added danger that in their desire to claim an equaliser they leave spaces at the back - and this is a defence that is vulnerable at the best of times. Brendan Rodgers's side still showing plenty of drive, however, and we are also looking at a lot of stoppage time following Martin Skrtel's injury."

  52. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    This really has been an odd game. One side certainly not at the races but winning, the other so desperate for a win but missing chances galore to get one.

    Liverpool have now had 18 shots, with just five on target.

    Still they probe and Rickie Lambert is getting stripped off for a change which will offer a direct alternative.

  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers

    John Parsons: More possession and chances but still losing. Closer to bottom four than top four!!!! Not good enough from Brendan Rodgers or the team.

    Ash: Given the lack of fit strikers and bedding players, I can stand not scoring goals but I wish Liverpool could keep clean sheets.

    Ally Finlay: Seen better football in the Scottish Championship. Liverpool v Arsenal both mid-table at best.

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  54. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    A solid offering by Lazar Markovic, completing 81% of passes and seeing one of his two shots in the game hit the target.

    Often peripheral this season, his departure is probably not surprising but Lucas almost becomes a surprise goal scorer with a volleyed effort from 20 yards which misses by inches. Great strike, not great enough.


    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal's last six attempts on target have found the net. Now is that good finishing or abysmal goalkeeping by both Brad Jones here and Newcastle's Jak Alnwick in their last fixture?

    Fabio Borini is readied and will come on shortly. Frozen out, back in, frozen out, back in, who knows what his future is, probably not even he. Lazar Markovic is withdrawn.

  56. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal, as perhaps we have come to expect, are not going to knuckle down with bodies behind the ball here.

    With space aplenty Liverpool attack through Steven Gerrard who shoots straight at Wojciech Szczesny and the Arsenal goalkeeper's crazy decision to not slow the play down sees his side lose possession again. Gerrard pings another one... saved.

  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Aidan Williams: That goal was wonderful to watch, and that's as someone favouring the other team

    James Butler: Got to love Giroud. We need to maintain composure now, long way to go still. Surviving that first half was crucial

    Stacy Phillips: Typical Liverpool to give up poor goals when playing well. Let's see if it'll be typical Arsenal to give up the lead now

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  58. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    Philippe Coutinho

    Liverpool respond admirably with efforts from Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling but neither find the target and the Reds are now facing the possibility of Christmas in the bottom half of the table.

  59. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Pete in Dorset: When is Brendan Rogers going to realise that he hasn't a clue where defensive coaching is concerned - if he wants to keep his job he needs some help from a decent coach. Phil Thompson where are you? your club needs you!

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  60. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

    "Arsenal are performing a real smash and grab raid here. Liverpool have been the better side but Arsenal have taken the two chances they have created. Arsene Wenger pumped his fists in delight - his side have got something to get their teeth into now."

  61. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

    "It was a great ball into Olivier Giroud and he has played a one-two with Santi Cazorla, who then played a sumptuous ball back into Giroud to score. It is a great move by Arsenal. It is a class goal in anybody's language."

  62. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud

    Olivier Giroud
    Arsenal celebrate

    In what is the first flowing move we so often associate Arsenal with, they punish Liverpool brutally.

    Santi Cazorla gets to the dead-ball line and cuts a delivery back for Olivier Giroud who sweeps a finish low through Brad Jones.

    It's a smart finish and just Arsenal's second shot on target. This is efficient finishing if nothing else. Penny for your thoughts Brendan Rodgers.

  63. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Raheem Sterling summons his inner Usain Bolt to race clear and evade the onrushing challenge of Wojciech Szczesny who is way out of his goal.

    The Liverpool winger curls the ball into the area from wide and Steven Gerrard will head at goal... over. There were defenders on the line but that was an opening.

    Replays show Sterling also summoned his inner Maradona as he used his hand to evade the Arsenal goalkeeper.

  64. Post update

    606 phone-in

    Lines are open for 606.

    Kelly Cates and Ian Wright are standing by to take your calls on 606 on BBC 5 live. Happy Sunderland fans, disappointed Newcastle fans, get in touch with your response to your team's performance today. We don't deal in 'what ifs?' but… what if Gus Poyet had substituted Adam Johnson?

    And Liverpool fans, was that the best opening spell you've seen for a while? There's plenty of attacking talent on show for Arsenal, but what have they done with it?

    Plus, Burnley, Leicester and Hull fans, you make up the bottom three this Christmas, but 'tis the season to be jolly - so what can you be positive about, going into 2015?

    Call us 0500909693, text 85058 or @bbc606 on social media.

  65. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Peter, Durham: So tired of these sluggish Arsenal performances. The better the opposition the lesser the desire/effort. The ultimate flat track bullies

    Ed, Wrexham: At Anfield, Arsenal are lucky If this game was at Emirates we would be saying Arsenal have not taken chances and Liverpool have stuck at it. It's level as Liverpool haven't taken their chances. Whose fault is that? The Liverpool bias is embarrassing.

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  66. 60 mins

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal are unable to profit from two quick-fire corners and Liverpool break through the impressive Lazar Markovic. Build-up play ends with Lucas racing on to shoot first time from 20 yards but he leans back and that one threatens the upper reaches of the Kop.

  67. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Martin Skrtel

    We are back under way, about six minutes long that stoppage. Martin Skrtel has a black bandage on but gets into the box for a Liverpool corner which comes to nothing.

  68. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Mathieu Flamini jogs around to stay loose as Martin Skrtel gets a cold towel applied to his face. He's not having a posh shave, this is serious treatment.

    terry Butcher

    The defender looks a bit distant but don't all centre-backs? I think he will be fine to continue but this will mean added time will be plentiful.

    Here comes a head bandage, Terry Butcher-style. Arsenal fans pass the time by chanting "you are invincible" at Liverpool's Kolo Toure.

  69. 2 Good 2 Bad


    Crystal Palace's eagle

    This one's for the eagle-eyed amongst you. Today we are asking for your contributions to the 2 Good 2 Bad segment on Match of the Day 2. If you happen to spot any comedy gold you can share it using #2good2bad on Twitter - and please make sure to include a time for your moment of hilarity.

    You can watch the best contributions on tonight's programme from 22:20 GMT on BBC One in England and Wales, 22:40 in Northern Ireland, and 23:25 for viewers in Scotland.

  70. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Martin Skrtel receives treatment

    Martin Skrtel is beating the ground in pain and the replays show why. One of those moments where you can't help but mutter "ouch".

    He contests a long ball with Olivier Giroud and while on the ground, is caught on the back of the head by the Arsenal striker's studs.

    Physio on, Skrtel is flat down on the turf and looks uncomfortable.

  71. Where do they go from here?

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    A big half ahead here for Liverpool. To be 11th at Christmas was not part of their thinking in August. They'll be 10th if this stays level.

    Liverpool celebrate in 1965
  72. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    "Ohh Santi Cazorla" sing the Arsenal fans.

    The Spaniard was their best player in the first half and he crafts space to shoot over the bar from 20 yards. In that single moment Arsenal looked more lively than they did in almost the entire 45 minutes.

    You get the feeling this game will have a winner. What good does a draw do anyone?

  73. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Liverpool peppered the right side of Arsenal's defence in the first half, attacking Mathieu Debuchy.

    The Frenchman brings down Raheem Sterling early in the second period in a dangerous area but Steven Gerrard's delivery is flat and gets dealt with.

  74. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Ian Wright

    Former Arsenal striker and Sunday's 606 co-host

    "I don't think Arsenal deserve to be level with the possession Liverpool have had. Give Philippe Coutinho credit, he got into space and finished it well. Arsenal need to liven it up. They haven't done anything but equalise. They have loads of attacking talent on the pitch, they should go for Liverpool and put more pressure on Brad Jones. They need to keep the ball and make Liverpool come to them."

  75. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal


    Here we go again then, can these 22 players carry on where they left off? Goals please...

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    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Phil McNulty's assessment of Arsenal with the ball looks bang on.

    Danny Welbeck has completed just 55% of his passes, Olivier Giroud 64%, Kieran Gibbs 67%, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers 68%. What's more, all of those figures fall when you look at their passing in the Liverpool half.

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    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

    "Liverpool's heads were bowed as they went in at the interval. Having worked hard to get the lead through to Philippe Coutinho it is cast aside within seconds as Mathieu Debuchy heads the equaliser for Arsenal. The Gunners will be delighted with that because they have been awful in the first 45 minutes - they have barely strung three passes together."

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    Mathieu Debuchy

    No Premier League side has conceded more goals from free-kick situations than the three leaked by Liverpool this season.

    Their lapse late in the half means Arsenal have now scored on nine consecutive visits to Anfield.

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    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    The half-time stats back up the general feeling that Arsenal have an early Christmas gift in being level at Anfield.

    Liverpool v Arsenal stats
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    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    Daniel Kelly: Not deserved by Arsenal at all! But, that just shows Liverpool's problem, no confidence at the back!

    Steven Jerjian: Oh so very predictable from Liverpool. Awful goal at an even more awful time

    Osama: And that was the most undeserved goal ever! Arsenal lucky!

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson at Anfield

    "I was just going to say that if Liverpool go in one up at half-time the team talk will be great but that completely changes it for the second half."


    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

    A fixture which promised us goals delivered eventually.

    Liverpool will kick themselves for gifting their lead within moments of earning it, Arsene Wenger may well kick his Arsenal players for being so poor in the first half.

    If they go on and win this, that one minute and 53 second gap between goals will be combed over by Brendan Rodgers.

  83. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal - Mathieu Debuchy

    Mathieu Debuchy heads in a goal

    This goal is reminiscent of Bolton in the Sam Allardyce days. Keep the ball alive was the mantra. Very un-Arsenal.

    A free-kick into the box is headed partially clear but Mathieu Flamini nods it right back into the mixer and there is Mathieu Debuchy six yards from goal to level.

    What an escape for Arsene Wenger's side.

  84. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal - Philippe Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho celebrates

    Again Arsenal lose possession and Jordan Henderson finds Philippe Coutinho 20 yards from goal. The Brazilian has impressed today and finds space to drive low, across goal and in off the post. He races away to celebrate and is mobbed.

    Jackpot for Liverpool and Arsenal get what they deserve right on half-time.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal

    Bums off seats, baying for blood. And which player is the centre of attention? Mathieu Flamini.

    The Arsenal spoiler competes for a lofted ball with Adam Lallana and his elbow leaves the Liverpool man in a heap. It looks innocuous at first glance but the crowd didn't like it.

    A talking point.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal

    Liverpool have only lost one of their last 15 home matches on a Sunday, notching nine wins and five draws.

    Arsenal, on the other hand, are without a win in their last three on the road in Sunday matches. The Gunners look like they'd rather be in front of the fire and Arsene Wenger looks on perplexed.

    They've had a touch here as a lacklustre display has not been punished.