Jurgen Klopp blamed individual mistakes on Liverpool’s failure to beat Arsenal – but stopped short of singling out goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool boasted a 2-0 second half lead at the Emirates, but then proceeded to concede a staggering three goals in the space of five minutes.
Although Roberto Firmino grabbed a late leveller for Liverpool, Klopp was still angry and frustrated at his side’s implosion after Mignolet and right-back Joe Gomez were at fault for Arsenal’s first two goals.
“We had five minutes where we had obvious, individual problems,” Klopp said.
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“It was on all of the Arsenal goals. There were misjudgments on all of them.
“Then, we reacted much better and we deserved the point. That was the minimum we deserved.
“We played 94 minutes and for 89 minutes, the performance was what we wanted. The five minutes, of course, were decisive and difficult to explain.
“We opened the door for them in these five minutes and they took their chances.
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“It was a strange game. Usually at Arsenal, a point is absolutely okay. But tonight it’s different.”
Mignolet was particularly at fault after he failed to keep out a relatively routine 25-yarder from Granit Xhaka for Arsenal’s equaliser, as the Gunners quickly capitalised on Alexis Sanchez’s header.
When asked about the goal, Klopp said: “Xhaka can shoot a few more times in this life and Simon Mignolet saves these balls in 99.9 per cent of all situations. Not tonight.”