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2014/12/21 | 18:00 |  English Premier League | Anfield  |  Full Time
English Premiership

As it happened: Liverpool v Arsenal

2014-12-21 17:22
Last Updated at 07:46
21 Dec 19:59

I'm breathless after that game!

Liverpool dominated for large periods of the game but had to rely on a goal DEEP into injury to earn a point!

Giroud and Debuchy netted two goals from the Gunners 3 shots on targets!

Arsenal into 6th position and Liverpool up to 10th on the English Premiership!

21 Dec 19:58

100 minutes and it's over!!!

A brilliant game of football at Anfield!

21 Dec 19:57
Monreal denied on the follow up!
21 Dec 19:57

Incredible scenes!

Cazorla denied a fine winner!

21 Dec 19:56

Reminder it's still 10 vs 11!

One minute to go!

21 Dec 19:55
Briliant header from Skrtel! He gave Wojciech Szczesny NO CHANCE!
21 Dec 19:55
21 Dec 19:54
21 Dec 19:54
21 Dec 19:53
THREE minutes to go!
21 Dec 19:53
Liverpool have had 25 attempts but still no 2nd goal!
21 Dec 19:51
Cazorla now goes into the book!
21 Dec 19:50

Liverpool down to ten men as Borini sees red!

Shocking late and high challenge!

Still 6 minutes to go!

21 Dec 19:50
21 Dec 19:49

Great save!

Sterling's shot is turned around for a corner!

21 Dec 19:48
NINE minutes of time added on!
21 Dec 19:48
Just stoppage time to go!
21 Dec 19:48

Borini goes into the book!

Yellow card for dissent! He was unhappy about the throw in decision going against him!

21 Dec 19:46


But no goal this time and Borini strikes for goal!


21 Dec 19:44

86' Borini denied!

Wojciech Szczesny with a fine save from a strong header!

21 Dec 19:43

84' Liverpool out to avoid their third home defeat!

21 Dec 19:42

83' Waste from Coutinho!

Tightest of angles and he goes for a lashing strike!

Never in danger of beating the keeper...

Time running out for the Reds...

21 Dec 19:40
81'  Arsenal introduce Francis Coquelin for Olivier Giroud!
21 Dec 19:39
Toure off, Lambert on!
21 Dec 19:38

79' Sterling shoots!

He claims a handball...nothing given!

Arsenal break! 

This game is being played at 1000miles an hour now!

21 Dec 19:36

Rickie Lambert next to come on...

Liverpool going for broke!

21 Dec 19:35

77' Great battle between Sterling and Ox for the ball there!

Two talented youngsters going at it!

Sterling wins this round...

21 Dec 19:34


Sterling's cross finds Lallana, he lays it off to Coutinho...

But he duffs it!

21 Dec 19:33


I'll tell you...VERY!

Lucas gets onto the end of a Henderson pass... but his shot is inches wide!

21 Dec 19:32

73' Borini's introduction means Raheem Sterling will play as a left wing back...

Madness if you ask me...

21 Dec 19:31

72' Still no way through for Liverpool.

Despite all their dominance, the hosts still trail 2-1...

Fabio Borini about to come on for Markovic.

21 Dec 19:30


100% of Arsenal's last six shots on target in the Premier League have resulted in goals.

21 Dec 19:28

69' All out attack by Liverpool!

Eventually a shot comes in but it's saved!

Gerrard's powerful strike is deflected but still saved!

21 Dec 19:26

67' Decent chance for Sterling!

Debuchy lucky not give away a penalty!

Sterling's shot doesn't test Wojciech Szczesny!

21 Dec 19:24

65' Coutinho scuffs his chance!

Almost another quick equaliser but Coutinho's shot is weak and rolls into the keeper's hands...

21 Dec 19:23

Neat finish from Olivier Giroud as his shot goes through Brad Jones legs!

Great strike!

Can the Gunners hold?

21 Dec 19:22
21 Dec 19:22
64' GOAL!!!
21 Dec 19:20

61' What a chance!

Madness from Wojciech Szczesny! He comes out the box but Sterling takes it round him...

Sterling's cross finds Gerrard, who's diving header goes just over the bar!

21 Dec 19:18
60'  Just a half an hour to go (plus about 6 minutes of injury time from that Skrtel injury...)
  • 90'


  • 90'

    LIVERPOOL 2-2 ARSENAL. SKRTEL beats Chambers in the air and powers a header into the back of the net.

  • 90'

    The Gunners bring on Nacho Monreal for Sanchez.

  • 90'

    Another yellow card - this time for Cazorla.

  • 90'

    Borini is sent off after fouling Cazorla.

  • 90'

    Arsenal bring on Joel Campbell for Oxlade-Chamberlain. There will be nine minutes of stoppage time.

  • 90'

    Borini is booked for throwing the ball away after failing to win a throw-in.

  • 88'

    Borini's header forces Szczesny to palm the ball away.

  • 86'

    There could be more than eight minutes of stoppage time so there's still some hope for Liverpool.

  • 84'

    Arsenal have been poor throughout but seem set to claim three crucial points.

  • 82'

    The Gunners bring Francis Coquelin on for Giroud.

  • 81'

    Another change by Liverpool as Kolo Toure makes way for Rickie Lambert.

  • 80'

    Jones comes for a corner but misses the ball completely, Liverpool need to keep attacking.

  • 78'

    Lallana plays the ball back to Coutinho who should at least hit the target but contrives to miskick horribly.

  • 76'

    Lucas clips a left-footed shot narrowly wide but it's all Liverpool again now.

  • 74'

    Liverpool make a change as Fabio Borini replaces Markovic

  • 74'

    Welbeck needs some treatment after a clash of heads with Mamadou Sakho.

  • 72'

    Back come Liverpool but on this occasion Gerrard's deflected low drive is saved by Szczesny.

  • 70'

    The home fans have been stunned into silence, the Reds must wonder how they're behind.

  • 68'

    Quite how Arsenal are winning this match after being so poor in the first half is a real mystery.

  • 65'

    LIVERPOOL 1-2 ARSENAL. Cazorla gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for GIROUD who drills a low shot past Jones.

  • 64'

    Sterling beats the onrushing Szczesny but when he crosses the ball in, Gerrard can only loop a header over the bar.

  • 61'

    Sanchez is having a poor game and when Arsenal win two corners in quick succession he fails to beat the first defender on each occasion.

  • 59'

    Coutinho's corner is a dangerous one but no Liverpool team-mate can latch on to it.

  • 57'

    Skrtel returns to the pitch after a six-minute delay as the match resumes.

  • 56'

    Skrtel's head is being bandaged but the delay is now more than five minutes.

  • 55'

    There's a lengthy delay and there's lot of blood but Skrtel looks set to continue.

  • 51'

    Giroud steps on Skrtel, seemingly accidentally, and the Slovakian needs treatment for a head injury.

  • 49'

    A good run by Cazorla but the Spaniard is unable to trouble Jones with his shot.

  • 47'

    Debuchy fouls Sterling and is booked.

  • 46'

    The second half is underway.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    LIVERPOOL 1-1 ARSENAL. MATHIEU DEBUCHY climbs above Martin Skrtel and heads past a stranded Jones.

  • 45'

    LIVERPOOL 1-0 ARSENAL. Henderson sets up COUTINHO who makes space for himself before beating Szczesny with a low shot.

  • 44'

    Flamini is a little lucky not to pick up a second booking after clattering into Lallana.

  • 43'

    Sanchez's dreadful corner fails to beat the first man. The Chile international hasn't got into the match at all yet.

  • 41'

    Giroud's cross from the left flank is deflected away for a corner.

  • 39'

    Sterling turns Mertesacker very easily but Markovic clips his right-footed shot over the bar after being set up by the 20-year-old England star.

  • 37'

    Arsenal surely won't play as poorly as this in the second half and will be relieved to be still be on level terms.

  • 35'

    Markovic sees his close-range effort blocked by Szczesny as Liverpool create the best chance of the match so far.

  • 33'

    Welbeck is feeding off scraps and the Gunners just can't get going at all.

  • 31'

    Lallana sets up the unmarked Countinho whose low shot is straight at Szczesny.

  • 29'

    Flamini is struggling to get to grips with Coutinho who has the run of midfield at the moment.

  • 27'

    Liverpool may have been on top from the kick-off but they have still not tested Szczesny.

  • 25'

    Coutinho is finding lots of space but, when he tries to play in Sterling, Szczesny races off his line and gets to the ball first.

  • 23'

    Arsenal have slowly managed to work their way into the match which is much more even now.

  • 21'

    Chambers darts into the Liverpool area and the home side endure some problems before they clear the ball away from danger.

  • 19'

    Lallana tries to trick his way into the area but his shot is eventually blocked.

  • 17'

    Arsenal manage to break up a passing movement involving Markovic and Jordan Henderson on the edge of the area.

  • 14'

    Mathieu Flamini picks up the first booking after catching Coutinho.

  • 12'

    It's one-way traffic and a cultured Liverpool attack ends with Lallana lashing a left-footed shot just over the bar.

  • 10'

    Liverpool have had all the early play while Arsenal have barely been out of their own half in the first ten minutes.

  • 8'

    Sterling is seeing a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.

  • 6'

    Lallana's first touch lets him down and the ball drifts out of play for a goal-kick.

  • 4'

    Steven Gerrard steps up to take the free-kick but the former England international curls his effort wide.

  • 3'

    Per Mertesacker brings Philippe Coutinho down on the edge of the area. Free-kick to Liverpool.

  • 2'

    Raheem Sterling makes an early charge forward and it takes three Gunners stars to stop him.

  • 1'

    Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle to get the action at Anfield underway.

  • 0'

    Mario Balotelli is suspended for Liverpool but Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana both start.

  • 0'

    Calum Chambers returns from suspension for Arsenal while Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck all start.

  • 0'

    Both teams are better going forward than they are at defending, so lots of goals should be the order of the day this afternoon.

  • 0'

    Arsenal starting line-up: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.

  • 0'

    Liverpool starting line-up: Jones, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Markovic, Coutinho, Gerrard, Lallana, Sterling.

  • 0'

    Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield this afternoon in a match Brendan Rodgers' side won 5-1 last season.

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Liverpool Arsenal
  • 2 Goals 2
    • 45' Coutinho
    • 90' Skrtel
    • 45' Debuchy
    • 64' Giroud
  • 1 Yellow Cards 3
    • 90' Borini
    • 14' Flamini
    • 47' Debuchy
    • 90' Cazorla
  • 1 Red Cards 0
    • 90' Borini
Team Line-ups
  • Brad Jones
  • Kolo Toure
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Adam Lallana
  • Lucas
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Lazar Markovic
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  • 8
  • 10
  • 14
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  • 21
  • 31
  • 37
  • 50
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 12
  • 15
  • 17
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 23
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Calum Chambers
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Jose Enrique
  • Rickie Lambert
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Javi Manquillo
  • Simon Mignolet
  • Emre Can
  • Fabio Borini
  • 3
  • 9
  • 18
  • 19
  • 22
  • 23
  • 29
  • 9
  • 14
  • 18
  • 26
  • 28
  • 34
  • 70
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Theo Walcott
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Emiliano Martinez
  • Joel Campbell
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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