Jurgen Klopp makes blunt Arsenal statement as Liverpool salvage 2-2 draw at Anfield

The Liverpool manager saw his side fight back from two goals down to secure a point against Premier League leaders Arsenal.
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“We all saw that before - a team full of confidence and one that lacks confidence. The team with confidence scored and then we had to find a way back. We had to run a lot and work a lot but that is normal. In a game against Arsenal you have to close the centre. We had our struggles but when we were more compact and played with more direction it was good.

“In the end it is a question of how can we not win this game. It is obviously much better than getting nothing. I am not overly happy but I am absolutely OK with it.”

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“Arsenal were good but they could and should have lost this game. The point for them is better.”

Klopp was also asked about an incident involving Andy Robertson and the assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis.

He said: “I didn’t see it at all. I heard something happened. I heard the pictures speak for themselves but I don’t know more.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits his side were grateful to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for his last minute saves which kept the Gunners in the game.

“Wow. Very intense game,” he told BBC Sport.

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The game was under control but after that we concede a really sloppy goal and the game shifted momentum. We started well in the first few minutes [of the second half] but then lost control. It became a very transitional game, very chaotic. Liverpool could score three or four. It is true we could have scored two or three so maybe at the end the score is fair.

“I haven’t seen anyone do it [dominate] in this ground this season. They beat every big team here, they played Real Madrid and could have been four up after 20 minutes. They are going to have moments. You need to deal with them and we did. Our goalkeeper had a big part in that.

“We could taken three points. We should do that [play like the first half] for another 15 minutes and then the game would have taken a very different trajectory. We didn’t. We have to take the point.”

The draw sees Arsenal now just six points ahead of second placed Manchester City, who still have a game in hand on Arteta’s side.

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