Henderson: We deserved to win

Liverpool could only manage a point against the Gunners after Martin Skrtel???s towering header deep into injury time snatched as dramatic 2-2 draw.

But Henderson insists the team can take away many positives from the game and says it will only be a matter of time before they return to winning ways.

“It’s pleasing that the performance levels are much better,??? he told the Liverpool Echo. ???You can feel that intensity returning, with getting the ball back and pressuring high up the pitch.

“The passing, the movement and the penetration in behind is also better. It’s such an important time of the year with so many points up for grabs.

“Hopefully we can keep building on it and keep picking up points. We’re getting back to the levels we know we can play at. If we keep playing like that, then the results will follow.”

Brendan Rodgers again used a 3-4-3 set-up after watching his side flourish in the formation in a 3-1 victory against Bournemouth last week.

Liverpool dominated most of the game and produced a tantalising display of crisp passing, penetrating the Arsenal defence with a flurry of chances, launching 27 shots against the Londoners.

Raheem Sterling relished in the role as the lone striker, and with injured striker Daniel Sturbridge???s return imminent, Henderson believes things can now only improve.

“We have looked good in that formation,” he said. “It’s been good so far and we’ll keep working on it.

“It’s a new position for Raheem in that central role but he’s been outstanding with his movement, getting on the ball and causing teams problems.

“Hopefully he will continue to get better and better. We’ve got players like Daniel Sturridge to come back to give us a lift in January and we all know we need to kick on.”

Fighting spirit

Despite going 2-1 down after taking the lead through Coutinho???s opener, Liverpool continued to press for an equaliser, and found one in the 97th minute through the bandaged head of Skrtel.

And although vice-captain Henderson was frustrated with the result, the midfielder praised Liverpool???s fighting spirit, and believes the rewards will come at Anfield if they continue to perform.

“We showed a lot of character to keep going after the red card and in the end we got the goal,” he said.

“It was a great delivery from Adam Lallana and a brilliant header from Martin Skrtel. It would have been devastating to lose the game 2-1. A point was the least we deserved.

“In the end, you have to be pleased with a point, but I thought over the course of the game we should have got all three. The performance level was really good.

“We dominated with the ball and we created chances. It was just frustrating that we didn’t take them. We have got to keep the performance level like that. If we do that, then the results will come.”

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