Skrtel: Liverpool can Compete with Anyone

Petr Cech pulled off two crucial saves to help Arsenal earn a point  against  a stubborn Liverpool side at the Emirates.

In a frantic game, Philippe Coutinho’s shot hit the home crossbar, while Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a goal harshly ruled out for offside.

Cech brilliantly saved a Christian Benteke shot and then finger-tipped a Coutinho strike on to the post.

An Alexis Sanchez effort hit the Reds woodwork before visiting keeper Simon Mignolet saved from Olivier Giroud. 

Mignolet tested

Simon Mignolet produced a fine save from close range to prevent Olivier Giroud scoring with 20 minutes left to play as Arsenal pushed for a winner in front of their home supporters.

Ramsey tested Mignolet late on after his powerful strike took a deflection and Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was fortunate not to turn a low delivery into his own net after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s introduction but neither side were able to make the decisive breakthrough.

Liverpool have now won only once at the Emirates Stadium in 13 visits, but long serving defender Skrtel was hugely pleased with their latest performance.

A game of two halves

“It really was a game of two halves,” Skrtel told the Liverpool Echo.

“In the first half we were better than them [Arsenal]. We hit the crossbar, we hit the post and their keeper [Petr Cech] made some great saves.

“But in the second half they kept the ball better and created some chances, but we defended well and I’m glad they didn’t score.

“Maybe both teams can be happy with a point. We wanted to win the game but at the end of the day we kept a clean sheet and if you can’t win, it’s important not to lose the game.

“It’s always difficult to come to places like this but we arrived with confidence after two wins. We wanted to get something to keep the run going and I think we can be happy with the way we played.

“We showed we can compete with anyone in this league, whether it’s away or home. We just have to keep going and keep building on this run.”

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