Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in Jurgen Klopp confession after Arsenal draw

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in Jurgen Klopp confession after Arsenal draw

Arsenal held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at The Emirates as they maintained their unbeaten run.

A brilliant turn from Lacazette in the box created time and space for the Frenchman as he blasted home his shot to make the score 1-1.

Both sides played top quality football at the Emirates as Arsenal were on the backdrop of a 12-match unbeaten run.

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"But Liverpool is a very good test, and at the moment, we are continuing to work and improve".

The last five league meetings between the two sides had produced a total of 27 goals, which whetted the appetite ahead of what many believed was Arsenal's most testing encounter of the campaign, at least since their early-season losses to Chelsea and Manchester City.

No team will be able to completely contain Liverpool's high-powered attack for 90 minutes but Milner's opener still felt a bit unnecessary. The team is largely the same as a year ago, with only goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira starting this game, having arrived in the summer.

Virgin van Dijk also hit the frame of the goal for the Reds in an entertaining contest.

'This draw is different to Chelsea, for example, so there are ups and downs and things that we can learn, ' Milner told liverpoolfc.com.

DF Shkodran Mustafi, 7 - Was near flawless for the opening hour but questions can be raised about his role in Liverpool's goal as well.

James Milner broker the deadlock with his 50th goal in the Premier League on the 61st minute.

In midfield Lucas Torreira had to wait until late September for his first league start. They were unlucky not to win the game as Palace forced mistakes in the Arsenal backline. Can't be accused of going missing in this one.

Arsenal impressed in a first half which saw both sides have a goal disallowed - and fail to capitalise on nearly identical goalkeeping errors. "It's a point, that will always be a success at Arsenal". But faded after the break and was taken off with Arsenal chasing an equaliser. "I was not happy with the first half".

And yet plenty of observers suggested Emery's style of pushing full-backs high and playing out from the back might see Arsenal fall into the trap Klopp's Liverpool set with expertise using their powerful front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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