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 By David Usher

Player Ratings: Strong performers for resolute Liverpool vs. Arsenal

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley breaks down all the drama at Anfield, which culminated with Martin Skrtel's stoppage-time equaliser that earned Liverpool a draw against Arsenal.

Liverpool showed great character to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against a disappointing Arsenal side in an incident-packed game at Anfield. The Reds dominated from start to finish and were good value for at least a point.

Not even substitute Fabio Borini's sending off could slow Liverpool down as they piled forward looking for an equaliser, which eventually arrived when Martin Skrtel's towering header seven minutes into stoppage time found the bottom corner in front of a delighted Kop end.


Three Points: Martin Skrtel the hero as Liverpool earn a late draw vs. Arsenal

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley breaks down all the drama at Anfield, which culminated with Martin Skrtel's stoppage-time equaliser that earned Liverpool a draw against Arsenal.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Martin Skrtel's header deep in injury time earned Liverpool a deserved point against Arsenal. Here are three quick observations on Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Arsenal in Sunday's late Premier League clash ...

1. Skrtel saves the Reds

Highlights in Liverpool's season have been few and far between, and so the Slovakian defender's 97th-minute header qualified as one. It only rescued a point in a fixture that they had won 5-1 last season, but after trailing and being reduced...

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Burley: Wenger, Rodgers have to spend

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes discuss which Premier League clubs are likely to spend in the January transfer window.


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 By Chris Wright

Martin Skrtel shows off his stapled head wound

The observant among you may have noticed that when Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel took to the sky to head home his side's 97th-minute equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday evening, he did so sporting a rather large black bandage around his cranium.

This was because the Slovakian centre-back had his head accidentally scrawled and bloodied by Olivier Giroud's studs which caused the game to be delayed for a fair old while shortly after the restart.


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Skrtel received a temporary patch-up and duly played...

 By Steven Kelly

Is this improvement at Liverpool or a case of 'The Emperor's New Clothes'?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his players are returning to their best form despite defensive mistakes in their match against Arsenal.

These are relatively hard times to be a Liverpool fan, and in times of struggle, people always want to see some progress. Absolutely any cause for optimism will be grabbed tightly with both hands.

Economists used to call them "the green shoots of recovery." There may be trouble and woe almost everywhere you turn, but one tiny fragment of quality can be nourished. The only problem is when people believe in it so completely, they almost blot out the rest of the picture.


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