Liverpool FC manager claims Alexis Sanchez dived to win free-kick

Brendan Rodgers claims Reds were “brilliant” after drawing 2-2 against Arsenal

Liverpool FC manager claims Alexis Sanchez dived to win free-kick

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December 22nd, 2014

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Liverpool and Arsenal claimed a point apiece from a hotly-contested Premier League encounter on Sunday, with Martin Skrtel’s late header rescuing a draw for the home side after the Gunners had come from behind to take the lead.

Mathieu Debuchy’s equaliser was a controversial one considering it came from a free-kick awarded to the visitors after Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily, with Brendan Rodgers claiming that the Chilean dived.

“I didn’t think it was a free-kick. I think Sánchez dived when he realised he was not getting the ball. But to lose three one- on-one headers in the box is not about organisation, it’s about winning duels and we have to be better than that.”

However, Rodgers was pleased with the overall display and thinks that Liverpool can still challenge for a place in the Premier League top four this season.

“I thought we were brilliant,” said Rodgers. “To concede three shots on target and dominate possession against one of the top teams in Europe at keeping the ball, was excellent. I saw our ideas starting to return today but we need to make better decisions defensively. We do lots of defensive work religiously but a lot of the goals we give away are poor ones.

“Last season we won 11 games in a row. Do that again and we can very quickly move up the table. The most important thing today was the confidence in the team and with Daniel Sturridge coming back in January that will give the team a real boost. There is work to do but we are moving in the right direction.”

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