By Jonathan Carroll
After witnessing his side get dumped out of the FA Cup last Sunday to Oldham, Brendan Rodgers wanted to see a response from his team. He got just that. His side lead 2-0 after sixty-minutes. That lead was lost in less than ten minutes as the game went back and forth in the last twenty minutes.
With the Arsenal back four all over the place and looking like they were there for the taking, Liverpool’s two goal lead wasnt enough. Even the return of Jamie Carragher for Martin Skrtel wasnt sufficient change to help the reds beat a top ten team for the first time this season.
Luis Suarez scored after a Daniel Sturridge shot was saved by Wojciech Szczesny. Suarez was at the heart of Liverpool’s creativity and played in Sturridge with a magnificent ball with the outside of his foot. Sturridge took the chance first time and snatched at it instead of taking a touch.
Later on Jordan Henderson created a chance of his own against a group of Arsenal defenders to make it two nil to the visitors. It didnt take long for Arsenal to answer back with Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott scoring in quick succession as an all too familair story unfolded for Liverpool supporters. The defensive capabilities were once more called into question as the back four were found wanting.
From that point out either team could have won the game. Suarez went close for Liverpool and at the other end, Santi Cazorla could have secured all three points for the gunners. This was a great opportunity to beat a team competing for a top four finish. Opportunity wasted. Skrtel and Sebastian Coates have been quite susceptible to individual mistakes lately and the general lack of ability for this team to defend as one has been exposed more often than not.
Brendan Rodgers attention now turns to Manchester City at the weekend. New signing Philippe Coutinho may be in line for a start. The Brazilian possess some creativity that is obviously missing from Rodgers starting eleven. With the passing of every transfer window it becomes clearer that the Brendan Rodgers Liverpool team will be assembled over the course of many transfer windows and not just one or two. Patience is a pre-requisite for every Liverpool supporter. Unlike Sundays opponents, success will not be bought over night at Liverpool, this seems to irk quite a few “supporters”. However, the journey of the struggle makes the success all the sweeter when it does return.