Arsenal and Liverpool share the spoils in six-goal thriller

Arnold Nichols
December 23, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits that "it is hard to explain" how his team did not beat Arsenal in Friday's Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

An epic second half initially saw a rampant Liverpool double their advantage shortly after the restart, Salah's shot deflecting in after Firmino led a superb counter-attack.

Arsenal came back fighting having first gone 2-0 down, courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil, only for Roberto Firmino to claim a point for the Reds.

Liverpool, in their lurid orange away kit, suffered an early blow when captain Jordan Henderson limped off injured.

Liverpool are one point better and one place above Arsenal on the log. However, Liverpool will have an extra spring in their step with a 12-match unbeaten run.

Milner sent Salah one on one with Koscielny in the right channel and, while the France defender did well to hold up the in-form forward, Coutinho flicked in his first ever Premier League headed goal after the cross took a kind deflection.

The Egypt global is the first player to reach that landmark for Liverpool since Luis Suarez in 2013-14, when they went agonisingly close to denying Manchester City the Premier League title.

Arsenal will be hoping to keep a high-octane Liverpool side at bay, while also solving their own issues in front of goal.

Ozil fed Lacazette, who neatly played a backheel into his team-mate's path, and the Germany international's cute chip left Mignolet sprawling. Yet such was the poor nature of the defending on both sides that Liverpool managed to recover, although what this highlighted was how far they are behind Manchester City in points and quality.

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