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Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal : Premiership Classic


If you have any doubts why Premier League is the  best league in the world, then all those doubts would have been gone if you have checked out this match. The match had all the ingredients of a classic and till the final whistle, you couldn’t tell which team will win the match.

Liverpool knew they needed to win the match to put pressure on Manchester United as the title race gets nearer to the end. They were without Steven Gerrard but they still started strongly against an Arsenal side who had some young players. Arsenal were missing Adebayor and Van Persie and had the young Lukas Fabianski in the goal. It soon became evident that they were in for a busy evening as Liverpool started attacking from the beginning with Torres terrorizing the defence with his skill. Liverpool tested Fabianski on various occasions but they young keeper looked fired up for the occasion. They way they were playing, it looked a matter of time before Liverpool will score but it was Arsenal who took the breakthrough on 36th minute. Mascherano gave the ball away to  Nasri who beautifully passed to Fabregas who set up Arshavin to score the opener.

Arshavin

Liverpool didn’t deserver to be a goal down and they soon got the things rolling after the break. A beautiful cross from Kuyt allowed Torres to head in the equalizer in the 48th minute. Things got better for Liverpool after seven minutes as they took the lead after some poor defending by Arsenal again. Gibbs cleared the ball straight to Kuyt who crossed for Benayoun who connected with the header. Fabianski got his hand on the ball but it had already crosses the line. Liverpool looked in control and they were testing Fabianski on every occasion they got. Arsenal got there second goal in the 67th minute after a beautiful play by Arshavin, who won the ball from Arbeloa and rifled in the shot from 20 yards.

Things got bad from Liverpool again after three minutes as a Nasri cross was cleared by Aurelio straight into Arshavin and he made no mistake from 10 yards to get his hat trick.  But that lead lasted only 2 minutes as Liverpool got level thanks to brilliant Torres. A cross found Torres in the box who turned, feigned a shot and then shot past helpless Fabianski. The end time was soon approaching and Liverpool threw people forward in order to get the winning goal. Torres nearly got a hat trick but his powerful header was cleared off the line by Gibbs. There was more twist as a Fabianski clearance from a Liverpool corner found Walcott who ran down the right and passed the ball to Arshavin who scored his fourth goal of the night and Anfield was stunned as the goal was in 90th minute. But there was more drama as Liverpool pushed forward and some poor clearance by Arsenal let the ball fall to Benayoun in the crowded penalty area and  he scored the Liverpool equalizer in the stoppage times.

It was the second time in a row that Liverpool were involved in the 4-4 draw after the Champions League game at Chelsea. Liverpool are now level on points with Manchester United who now have two games in hand. Most of the goals in the game were because of defensive errors but Liverpool dominated the game for many parts and will be disappointed that they didn’t get all the three points. All eyes will be on United now as they play Portsmouth next.

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