Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: 3 things we learned

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Klopp acknowledged the courage in Emery's style when he said: "Arsenal did this before this year when they pretty much brought on all of their strikers".

'When Arsenal chase the game they throw everyone on the pitch which is really cool and we were not as compact as I wanted.

There is, however a mini-crisis of sorts in defence as injuries could lead Emery to field a makeshift defence and against even a mildly faltering Liverpool attack, that is going to be the Spaniard's biggest challenge on Saturday.

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Not only has the German conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets this season, but his passing accuracy (78.17%) is also far superior to Cech's (68.3%). Seconds after Milner's goal put Liverpool in front just after the hour, a huge roar of encouragement swept around the stadium, not the groans of frustration that characterised those unhappy last weeks and months under Wenger and might have greeted a similar setback not so long ago.

Realistically, a draw for Liverpool at Arsenal should be a good result. Emery hasn't had the best start to London life in terms of playing in the big games. Firmino's performances have been central to how Liverpool have dominated Arsenal in the recent past. Liverpool has scored at least three goals in each of their last five league games against the Guners. After losing their first two games of the season, to Manchester City and Chelsea, this was their first chance to test themselves against another side expecting to finish in the top four. The Brazilian's next goal might be around the corner and he surely would like to get into the record books by scoring one more goal-assist double.

In the final reckoning, though, the comparison is clear: City came to the Emirates on the opening weekend of the season and won 2-0, and in that sense, in the context of a league in which the leaders leak very little, this will feel like two points dropped.

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Too many times in Arsene Wenger's last few seasons Arsenal completely lost the plot against their rivals. Arsenal has some good players, and you saw against Leicester City the other week what can happen when they get on a roll.

Liverpool present an acid test for Arsenal and Emery must make do without midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who is suspended. Liverpool tried a 4-3-3 in the first half and a 4-2-3-1 in the second, but in both it struggled to impose itself, hampered perhaps by the absence of either Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita (or both) in midfield. When we win it is more easy.

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