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Brendan Rodgers happy with performance, says Sanchez dived to win free-kick


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side's performance in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal was even better than the one in last season's 5-1 win against the Gunners.

The Reds dominated the game, enjoying 64% of possession and creating more than 25 chances and deservedly took the lead late in the first half when Coutinho drilled home a low right-foot shot off the post.

But they were immediately punished with the Gunners going on to take the lead early in the second half before Martin Skrtel rescued a point for the hosts with an imperious header late in the game.

"There's no doubt we deserved to win the game," Rodgers told Sky Sports and the BBC after the game.

"Our performance level was outstanding, [it] was better then when we won here last year 5-1.

"We had total domination of the first half, and 1-0 was probably about right. But then we gave away a disappointing goal right on half-time, and that can leave you a bit deflated.

"I don't think it was a free-kick in the build-up to their second. Alexis Sanchez dived for me and the referee bought it, but we have to defend better.

"We lost three duels and we need to win the first one.

"I'm delighted with our performances this week against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Arsenal, it shows we are getting back to where we are.

"At half-time we asked for more of the same with the same movement and then we showed great character to fight back from 2-1 down with 10 men.

"In the second half we continued to press, probe and create, and then all of a sudden we gave away a poor goal.

"There's no problem with our organisation. It is the decision making that can be our problem, and you cannot make poor decisions if you are going to keep clean sheets.

"But even down to 10 men we kept penetrating and the goal at the end was the very least we deserved, for the character we showed."

"I don't think before this week we have been close to that level of speed and thought. You have to be creative as a coach to find a system that brings you back to that."

Liverpool keep their position in the middle of the table but will take heart from a fantastic performance against the Gunners.

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