LIVERPOOL 2-2 ARSENAL

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that his team can still finish this season in the top four of the English Premier League.

Rodgers drew inspiration from the way his team responded to rescue a point despite being a man down and chasing the game.

An added time goal from Martin Skrtel earned Liverpool a deserving point in a thrilling 2-2 against Arsenal at Anfield.

Asked if Liverpool could sustain a challenge for a top-four finish, he told reporters: “Yes, absolutely.

“It was always going to be a big challenge. Of course we’ve got to make up points over the next part of the season, but we have shown this is a group that can go on a run of games (wins).

“In the second half of last season we went on a run of 11 games and if we can put a run of games together, that can very quickly move you up.

“The most important thing is the confidence and the ability in the team. You bring (injured striker Daniel) Sturridge back in January, then you get back to being that team we have been in the last few years.

“There’s a bit of work to do, but at least we’re moving in the right direction again, which is what we want.”

Rodgers was critical of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, whom he accused of diving to earn a free-kick from which Arsenal equalised from.

“I didn’t think it should have been a free-kick. I think Sanchez has dived once he realised he wasn’t getting the ball, and the referee fell for it.

“But when it comes in, we lose three one-v-one headers in the box. We have to be better at that. That’s not about organisation. That’s about winning the duel.”

On the contributions of Skrtel who played on despite sustaining a head injury: “He’s a real warrior, Martin,” Rodgers said. “He showed great character and determination to stay on.”

Meanwhile Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left frustrated with the late goal they conceded saying it was as a result of “tactical and psychological reasons” .

“Maybe (there were) bad memories from last year. Some players were not at their best. I think we played with the handbrake too much in the first half.”

“Overall it’s a fair result, but it’s also a frustrating result for us because they came back at a moment in the game when we had plenty of defenders on the pitch.

“Today (Sunday) was frustrating because they came back to 2-2. But overall it’s not the most frustrating day of the season.”

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