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Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Liverpool and Arsenal faced off a short time ago.

Liverpool headed into the game with very little to play for this season as Champions League football is all but out of reach.

As for Arsenal, they are still on course to lift the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

However, after Manchester City beat Southampton 4-1 on Saturday, the gap between the pair was reduced to just five points. And as Manchester City have a game in hand and still need to play Arsenal this season, a loss vs Liverpool could have proven catastrophic to the Gunners’ title hopes.

When all was said and done at Anfield, the points were shared.

Arsenal started the brighter of the two sides with Gabriel Martinelli causing Trent Alexander-Arnold issues. However, the right-back was also playing as a midfielder when Liverpool had possession in a similar role to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo when he was at Manchester City.

But it was Arsenal who took the lead just eight minutes in. Martin Odegaard’s pass to Bukayo Saka was deflected to Gabriel Martinelli by Virgil van Dijk before the Brazilian stabbed an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool had a good chance to equalise a few moments later when a Fabinho ball found Andy Robertson free in the box but he put his shot wide.

Arsenal eventually got their second of the day shortly before the half-hour mark. Martinelli picks up the ball out wide and is not tracked by Trent before crossing to a free Gabriel Jesus who headed in.

But just when it looked like Arsenal were set to run away with the game, a loose ball fell to Mohamed Salah in the Arsenal box, which the Egyptian poked past Aaron Ramsdale.

Liverpool sprang to life after that goal but could not add a second before the break. However, Rob Holding then gave away a stupid penalty six minutes into the second half by fouling Diogo Jota, but Salah missed.

Salah nearly redeemed himself moments later but Ramsdale made a good save to keep it at 2-1. Liverpool went on to dominate the majority of the second half but could not find a second goal. Mikel Arteta then took off Martin Odegaard for Jakub Kiwior as he looked to see out the final 10 minutes.

Seconds after that change, Salah slipped in Darwin Nunez who should have scored but his shot was poor.

Gabriel came close to making it 3-1 from a corner late on but he put his free header straight at Ramsdale. Liverpool made Arsenal pay for their poor second half as Firmino headed in a Trent cross 87 minutes in.

Salah should have won the game in injury time but he put an effort over the crossbar before then being denied shortly after by Ramsdale.

Player ratings

Liverpool

  • GK: Alisson (5.5)
  • RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (5.5)
  • CB: Virgil van Dijk (5)
  • CB: Ibrahima Konate (6)
  • LB: Andy Robertson (6)
  • CDM: Fabinho (6)
  • CM: Curtis Jones (5)
  • CM: Jordan Henderson (5.5)
  • RW: Mohamed Salah (6)
  • ST: Cody Gakpo (5.5)
  • LW: Diogo Jota (5.5)

Substitutes

  • Thiago (5.5)
  • Darwin Nunez (5)
  • Roberto Firmino (6)

Arsenal

  • GK: Aaron Ramsdale (7.5)
  • RB: Ben White (6)
  • CB: Rob Holding (4.5)
  • CB: Gabriel (5.5)
  • LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko (
  • CDM: Thomas Partey (6)
  • CDM: Granit Xhaka (5)
  • CAM: Martin Odegaard (6)
  • RW: Bukayo Saka (6)
  • LW: Gabriel Jesus (6.5)
  • ST: Gabriel Martinelli (7)

Substitutes

  • Leandro Trossard (4)
  • Jakub Kiwior (4)
  • Kieran Tierney (N/A)

Match reaction

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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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