Playing ratings vs Arsenal – Skrtel the hero, while Coutinho also stars in dramatic draw

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We rate the Liverpool players for their performances against Arsenal…

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal – Martin Skrtel scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to deny Arsenal all three points at Anfield. The Gunners had led through goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, but the Reds deservedly struck late on.

Philippe Coutinho initially gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the lead after they had dominated the first-half, but Debuchy’s head insured the visitors struck back immediately. Giroud then scored what looked to be the winner mid-way through the second period, before Skrtel’s late strike.

Read the full Liverpool ratings below:

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GK) Brad Jones – 5

Will be disappointed not to have reacted better to both the Arsenal goals, but did make a crucial late save.

RCB) Kolo Toure – 6

Didn’t do much wrong, and will be pleased with his performance against his former side. Replaced late on.

LCB) Mamadou Sakho – 6

Poor positioning for Arsenal’s second goal, but otherwise a positive afternoon for the Frenchman, who kept Alexis Sanchez quiet.

CB) Martin Skrtel – 8

Heroic effort to return to the the action despite a severe cut to the back of head, and was rewarded with a late goal, ironically with his head.

DM) Lucas Leiva – 6

His short passes kept Liverpool ticking over in midfield, but he’s definitely not the player you want the ball to fall to on the edge of the opposition penalty area.

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