Liverpool disappointingly drew 2-2 against Arsenal on Sunday. The result would have come as a disappointment for the players because Liverpool’s performance was certainly deserving of three points. However, sloppy defending (as per usual) and failure to convert cost them two points. Despite the dropped points, this was Liverpool’s best performance since their victory over Spurs back in September.
Brendan Rodgers has shifted to a 3-4-2-1 system with Raheem Sterling operating as a false nine and Coutinho and Lallana doing the work behind him. The Reds have used this formation three times in the last week, and their performances have improved drastically. Before, they were unable to create chances, but with this new formation, they have almost been as threatening as last season in attack. The only problem now is the lack of a natural goalscorer. However, things finally seem to be moving the right direction for Liverpool.
Adam Lallana had a quality game against Arsenal as he started for Liverpool in three successive matches for the first time since his move from Southampton in the summer. He had a quality game as he created five goalscoring chances, grabbed an assist (it was his corner which Martin Skrtel latched on to in the 97th minute of the game), won 4 tackles, completed 2 take ons and had 3 shots at goal. The 26 year old has said that Rogers’ new found system of 3-4-2-1 is working for the Reds and particularly for him.
“We found a system that the gaffer has introduced and got us playing and I think it’s working,” said the attacker
“We’ve been creating a lot more chances – at Manchester United in the Bournemouth game and today.
“We’re disappointed to concede the first goal today on the stroke of half-time. It probably gave Arsenal a little bit of momentum which could have been avoided, but great character shown by the lads to keep pushing and get the vital goal at the end.
“I’m enjoying being on the pitch and playing in the system that we’ve been playing. I feel that’s one of my best positions but I’m happy to play anywhere. i just feel like I’m becoming a bit more relaxed on the pitch now and a relaxed Adam Lallana is probably where you will probably see the best of me.”
Even though the draw was not a fair reflection of how the game panned out and the Liverpool players were disappointed since they were so dominant throughout, Lallana is happy with the way the team is performing and said that if they keep the performances going like they have in the last one week, they would be picking three points every time.
“I’m thoroughly disappointed we didn’t take all three points on Sunday,” he added.
“It was a good feeling about the whole atmosphere and performance today and it’s been like that the last few games. We feel like we’re turning the corner. There was a little bit of rhythm in our game. That goal was huge for us in the end. We could have been thoroughly disappointed at losing but it’s a point and a good performance so we’ll move on.
“I am happy with the way things are going on the field at the minute but we just want to pick up more results We have got a busy Christmas period and I just feel if we can put in the performances we have shown in the last week we’re not going to be too far away from picking up a lot of three points.
“Although we didn’t get the result, we picked up a vital point with a goal in the last minute so when we meet up for training tomorrow there won’t be that bitter disappointment of not having put in a good performance and scratching our heads.
“We know we have played well and there are encouraging signs and we will hopefully take that into the Burnley game.”