By the time the half rolled around, you’d have to think that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would be absolutely steaming that his side weren’t in front. Given a let-off when Aaron Ramsey’s effort was ruled out for offside, the Reds saw Philippe Coutinho twice hit the post and Petr Cech deny Christian Benteke a pin-point chance from Roberto Firmino’s low cross.
“We definitely could have had all three points,” was the Northern Irishman’s blunt assessment in his post-match interview. “Certainly performance-wise, I was very happy with how we worked. The first half in particular we created chances and should have been in front. Second half, you expect some pressure in the game, but we defended that very well and always looked a threat going forward.”
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On the back of their first half output alone, one would not expect a scoreless draw, but with that being said, during the second half, Arsenal had their own opportunities to put the match to bed through both Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud with Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet showing Cech that he’s not the only one that can make a clutch save as he denied the Frenchman what looked to be the opening salvo.
“Our performance level is growing all the time, you see our defensive organisation was very good against a top-class team. The overriding feeling is we get a point, a clean sheet and we move to the next game,” continued the Reds boss. “With my teams the focus is always very much on the football element. “But anyone who has followed my career as a youth coach through into senior management, it’s very much about the intensity of how we press and that cohesion as a team,” he explained, before adding exactly what the Liverpool fans who vividly remember last years defensive frailties wanted to hear, “That was something that drifted last season, for sure, so it was very important, especially with a number of new players coming in, that our defensive organisation was super organised. That’ll be the platform for us with all our creative talent.”