Klopp: A well-deserved draw

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his side’s performance against Arsenal despite surrendering the lead twice in their 3-3 draw on Wednesday.

A frenetic opening 25 minutes saw Liverpool grab the lead on two occassions, through a Roberto Firmino brace, but Arsenal were able to claw their way back into the game on both occassions with goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

After half time, Giroud added his second to put Arsenal in front for the first time, which they held all the way until the 90th minute when Joe Allen grabbed a dramatic equaliser for the hosts.

“It was a great football game and, ultimately, we will talk about this game maybe not too long because Sunday is Manchester United but it is not easy to forget,” Klopp said after the match. “The beginning was really good, not perfect but not too far away from it.

“At half time we came back in the game and again I think it is brilliant from Giroud but in the beginning we have to defend it better and be more concentrated.

“Then you have low battery and you need a bit of luck and we had it. We changed players and I think it was a well-deserved draw.”

Giroud’s first goal came from a corner with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet seemingly caught out of position before the ball slipped through his legs, but the Reds boss refused to lay the blame solely at his shot stopper’s feet.

“Set-plays we have to defend better. We have to work on it, will work on it. We will analyse it and work it better,” he explained. “The second goal, the set-play, he (Mignolet) needs help from all the players.”