Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Bernd Leno speaks out on mistake in Liverpool draw

Bernd Leno speaks out on mistake in Liverpool draw

"The only point we picked up was here [at Arsenal], 3-3, so we've kind of rectified that a bit in the games that we've played".

The No.4 was, once again, a formidable presence at the heart of the Reds defence at Emirates Stadium, where James Milner's opening goal was equalised by Alexandre Lacazette.

Milner has always been a reliable player throughout his career, but his importance has grown since his move to Liverpool. "I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively - and also we need some luck - then I think we can win".

"Today the balance was good in our speed and intensity".

Jurgen Klopp reflected on an "intense" game in his post-match press conference, with little to separate the two sides, who had 12 and 13 shots on goal respectively. Last year's 3-3 was one of the most entertaining matches of the year for neutrals, but the sides came close to matching it in a thrilling 1-1 draw on Saturday. "Long time", Emery said in his post-match press conference and while he stated this performance surpassed Arsenal's efforts against City and Chelsea earlier this season, he is aware there is still plenty more work to be done. And those four extra points do more than just help with the Premier League table, they install belief among the playing squad and send a message to the rest of the competition.

If you win, it's better, but a lot of matches are very important because three points is the same against Liverpool or against Crystal Palace.

"If insane things happen then maybe we have to think new, but I don't expect that", Klopp said. "We made life too easy for them".

"It was a hard one because we took the lead and this season we've been really good at holding on to leads". Because he scored against Chelsea, and I want him to be more in the box, to have more chances to score.

The Gunners, however, had the goal they deserved to celebrated eight minutes from time when Lacazette found space behind Liverpool's defensive line, evaded an out coming Alisson and curled the ball exquisitely into the far corner.

"If you look at the backline, it was pretty much ideal for most of the day and Van Dijk was pivotal in that, leading them and talking to them". This goal could have easily seen Arsenal out, but signs of the positive changes Unai Emery has made began to show through.

Asked by Raphael Honigstein for ESPN FC what Saturday's test meant for the club, Leno said: "That we can take on the big ones".

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