Roberto Firmino’s late header secured a point for Liverpool in an enthralling encounter against Arsenal at Anfield, cutting the Gunners’ lead at the top of the Premier League to six points.
Arsenal was off to a flying start with two goals within the first half-hour, thanks to Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus. However, they were unable to hold on to their advantage, conceding their discipline in spells, allowing Liverpool to launch a sensational comeback.
Liverpool finally found their spark after a heated exchange between Granit Xhaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold towards the end of the first half. Mohamed Salah capitalized on sloppy defending by Arsenal to pull one back for Liverpool just before the break, setting the stage for an action-packed second half.
The first half ended in bizarre fashion, with referee’s assistant Constantine Hatzidakis appearing to elbow Liverpool defender Andy Robertson as the teams left the field.
The second half saw more drama, as Salah missed his second successive penalty after Rob Holding fouled Diogo Jota. However, Liverpool kept pushing and was finally rewarded when Firmino rose high to head in Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 87th minute.
In a frantic finish, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced two incredible saves to deny Salah and Ibrahima Konate, ensuring his side walked away with a point. Despite their lead being cut, Arsenal remains at the top of the table, while Liverpool will be buoyed by their impressive fightback.
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