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Full-time: Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

  • Joe Allen nets a late volley to rescue a point for Liverpool on an enthralling night at Anfield
  • Roberto Firmino had twice put the hosts ahead in the first half, but his goals were cancelled out by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud
  • Giroud also netted in the second half with a powerful shot following a sublime turn
  • Premier League leaders Arsenal are now level on points with Leicester following the Foxes' late win at Tottenham
  • Liverpool remain ninth, behind Crystal Palace by virtue of an inferior goal difference
Joe Allen
Joe Allen came off the bench to score a 90th-minute equaliser for Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield AFP

That is all from this particular live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the post-match reaction following a truly breathless night at Anfield.

Here are the rest of tonight's full-time scores from across the Premier League:

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom

Manchester City 0-0 Everton

Southampton 2-0 Watford

Stoke 3-1 Norwich

Swansea 2-4 Sunderland

Tottenham 0-1 Leicester


Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

A late effort from Benteke is tame and that should be it...

Jubilant scenes at Anfield as Liverpool find a late equaliser. A long punt forward is flicked on high into the air by Benteke and it's the substitute Allen who arrives at the perfect moment to volley into the bottom corner.

Cech got a touch but he could not keep it out.

Three minutes of added time to come. Is there yet more drama to come in this one?

Goal: Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal (Joe Allen)

Koscielny gives away a free-kick by blocking off Clyne, but Moreno curls a poor effort into the wall.

Klopp has also made one last substitution and it's a Liverpool debut for Caulker as the on-loan centre-back runs on in place of Lallana.

It looks like the new signing's first introduction to life at Anfield will be as a makeshift striker...

Monreal shows Ibe inside and the speedy winger gladly accepts the invitation before unleashing a fierce shot that is well blocked by Flamini.

A third and final change from Wenger sees Arteta replace Ozil.

Mignolet has hardly covered himself in glory again tonight but that is a crucial punch to relieve the pressure on Liverpool's goal.

A second change for Liverpool as Allen, looking like a miniature Andrea Pirlo these days with that beard and hair combination, is introduced in place of Can. Eight minutes plus stoppage time left for Klopp's side to find an equaliser.

Impressive strength from Ibe to outlast Monreal and provide a neat backheel for Clyne, whose cross towards Lallana leads to another corner. Liverpool keep knocking on the door but Koscielny blocks Benteke's low drive.

A nervy moment for Mertesacker there as Can picks out Lallana with a through ball and his shot goes over before he is brought down with a rather rash sliding challenge.

Important defending from Clyne to prevent a dangerous Arsenal counter.

A wild shot from Moreno fails to land anywhere its target before Arsenal make a double change. Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain are on for Campbell and Walcott.

The persistent rain looks to be turning to sleet at Anfield as Benteke bends a shot around the towering figure of Mertesacker but it lacks power and Cech can save comfortably.

Serious questions being asked of the Arsenal defence now as Liverpool continue to search for an equaliser. Mertesacker makes a crucial intervention on the slide to cut out Ibe's low pass across the six-yard box.

Sustained pressure from the hosts as Moreno tries to pick out Firmino with a deep cross but Monreal does enough to divert the ball behind.

The ball then drops to Moreno again on the edge of the penalty area but his shot is deflected wide.

From the second corner, Moreno is involved again as he picks out Firmino, whose header fails to trouble Cech.

Another attack from Liverpool sees the ball fall kindly for Henderson, but the captain's ambitious shot is far too high.

Klopp then makes the first substitution of the evening as Benteke replaces Milner, who looked to pick up a knock in the build-up to Arsenal's third goal.


With an hour on the clock, Liverpool come forward in search of an equaliser but Arsenal stand firm as Ibe's back post volley is blocked.

You have to hand it to Giroud. That glaring first-half miss would have been enough to destroy any player's confidence, but he has not let it affect him and his overall performance tonight has been very impressive indeed.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have another free-kick in a dangerous position but Ozil's effort crashes straight into the wall.

You sensed there were more goals in this and Giroud edges Arsenal in front for the first time tonight.

After Bellerin nips in to win the ball ahead of Milner, the rapid Spaniard bursts down the right-hand flank before finding Campbell. The latter then tries to slip a low pass into Ramsey, but a deflection from Moreno carries the ball into the path of Giroud, who leaves Toure on the floor with a sublime turn before lashing the ball past Mignolet.

Goal: Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

From the free-kick, Ozil sends in an enticing cross that Giroud can only head over.

A second caution of the night for Liverpool as Clyne enters the referee's notebook for an obvious handball.

Great play from Walcott as he produces a smart turn on the halfway line and beats Toure for pace before drifting wide of Sakho and pulling a low shot wide of Mignolet's right-hand post.

A lively start to the half as Liverpool burrow forward and Milner takes on Monreal before delivering a deep cross that is flicked off the head of Bellerin by Firmino.

Moreno is all alone at the back post, but he can only blaze his chance wide.

Arsenal are immediately on the front foot as Ozil plays a neat one-two before whipping a ball to the back post that Campbell can only turn wide.

No changes from either Wenger or Klopp at the break, we should say.

Both sets of players have re-emerged from the tunnel and we are back underway. Are we destined for more goals in this one or will that electric first half give way to a more cautious second 45? Let's find out.

Games between these two sides have often supplied bundles of goals and drama over recent years, and that half was certainly no different. It's been breathless stuff, with four quickfire goals - including one absolute belter - as well as woeful goalkeeping and potentially the miss of the season so far.

Surely the second half can't live up to that?


Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

So close to a first-half hat-trick for Firmino as he takes the ball on his chest and produces a smart volley that travels agonisingly over the crossbar.

Can is left with acres of space deep inside the Arsenal half after receiving possession from Milner, but luckily for the visitors his curled attempt is watched and easily held by Cech.

Walcott creates space for a shot on the edge of the Liverpool box but his powerful drive hits Sakho and deflects behind.

Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this enthralling first half.

Excellent, patient build-up play from Liverpool as Ibe tees up Milner, who plays a ball to the feet of Firmino.

The former Hoffenheim playmaker then tries to find Lallana with a low pass across the six-yard box but Cech gets down to intercept and Arsenal hack clear. That was a vital touch.

Things are beginning to settle down somewhat now after that mad flurry of early goals. A cross from Moreno towards the head of Henderson is confidently claimed by Cech.

A couple of moments to forget for Moreno as he is lucky not to be penalised for a tug on the arm of Campbell.

The Spaniard is then rushed into a poor clearance by Walcott but Campbell's shot is blocked and Liverpool survive.

That Giroud miss just gets worse every time you see it. Only he will know how he did not hit the back of the net there. At the other end, Can looks to test Cech once more but his shot goes over.

Momentum has well and truly shifted Arsenal's way now as Walcott provides a perfect cross for Giroud following smart play from Campbell but the striker gets his finish horrendously wrong and he misses from just a couple of yards out. How has he not scored?

This is just getting silly now. After Sakho gets back to clear Ramsey's lofted effort off the line, Giroud gets the faintest of touches on the resulting corner and the ball squeezes past Mignolet at the near post. Awful goalkeeping.

Goal: Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

Almost a third for rampant Liverpool as full-back Alberto Moreno capitalises on a slick passing move before thundering a shot against the crossbar. The referee's assistant has his flag raised on the far side, so it would not have counted anyway.

What an enthralling start to this game. After Arsenal repeatedly fail to clear their lines, Milner scoops up possession and finds Firmino in a central position just outside the penalty area.

The Brazilian proceeds to net his second goal of the night and his third for the club with an outrageous curler that bends beyond the outstretched arm of Cech and nestles neatly in the top corner.

What a goal.

Goal: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (Roberto Firmino)

Giroud was clearly hurt during that aerial clash with Sakho and he has gone off to receive treatment for a head wound. Firmino, meanwhile, was given a yellow card for removing his shirt whilst celebrating that Liverpool opener.

Well, that was certainly a shortlived lead. After a long ball forward from Cech, Giroud beats Sakho to the flick-on and Arsenal pour forward. Joel Campbell takes a great touch and plays a low ball into the box towards Ramsey, who beats Mignolet at his near post. All square.

Goal: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (Aaron Ramsey)

Liverpool have been the better side thus far tonight and they take the lead with their first real chance of note. After a corner, Walcott tries to launch a counter attack but he is caught in possession by Milner.

The midfielder plays in Can, who curls an effort on goal that Cech parries straight into the path of Firmino, who shows great composure to take a touch and fire a low left-footed shot through the legs of Koscielny and in.

Perfect start for Klopp's men.

Goal: Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal (Roberto Firmino)

Liverpool are starting to get a feel for this game as Nathaniel Clyne's effort is blocked. Ibe looks to keep the attack alive, but he is guided out of play fairly by Koscielny.

Emre Can strides forward for Liverpool and releases Adam Lallana. The latter cuts inside before falling to the turf after slight contact from the knee of Mertesacker.

The home supporters cry for a penalty, but the player barely reacts and Jones is unmoved.

Ozil immediately gets back into the swings of things as he plays a dangerous low ball towards Walcott but the England international is flagged for offside.

A cracking atmosphere at Anfield to start, as you might expect. No chances to speak of in the first few minutes.

Referee Mike Jones gets us underway on Merseyside. Hopefully this one won't disappoint.

The previous meeting between these two sides this season back in August ended goalless, with Sanchez and Coutinho both striking the woodwork. Cech and Mignolet made a number of fine saves between them that night, while Ramsey also had an early effort ruled out for offside.

Arsenal's last visit to Anfield was in December 2014, when a 97th-minute Skrtel header secured a point for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool following earlier goals from Coutinho, Debuchy and Olivier Giroud.

Just under 15 minutes remaining until kick-off at Anfield....

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A statistical look at the hosts' latest signing. Caulker had previously been on loan at Southampton this season, but he struggled to impress Ronald Koeman and featured just eight times in all competitions before the deal was terminated early in order for the centre-back to complete a move to Anfield. His last outing for the Saints came in the 6-1 demolition by Liverpool in the Capital One Cup...


Also not included in Arsenal's matchday squad tonight is Mathieu Debuchy. The French defender, who is very much considered as back-up to Hector Bellerin, has been linked with a move away from north London in January as he seeks to return to the France squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Could this mean that a departure is imminent?

Tonight's contest has come too early for Alexis Sanchez, who could return from his own hamstring injury at Stoke on Sunday. Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin are out with knee injuries, with Jack Wilshere (leg) and Danny Welbeck (knee) also still absent. Second-string goalkeeper David Ospina has a groin problem.

According to Wenger, experienced playmaker Tomas Rosicky was scheduled to return to first-team training this week having been out of action since March 2015 with a knee issue sustained on international duty with the Czech Republic. He is not involved tonight, however.

In terms of absentees tonight, Liverpool are still without centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren due to hamstring injuries. Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Rossiter and Divock Origi are still sidelined with similar problems.

Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain long-term casualties, while Jon Flanagan continues to step up his return from 19 months out with a serious knee injury.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool change every single member of the makeshift team that laboured to that 2-2 draw against Exeter.

Klopp's defensive worries ease with the return of Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee), while skipper Jordan Henderson and James Milner are also paired together in midfield following heel and calf problems respectively.

Jordon Ibe is back following hamstring trouble and Steven Caulker is listed as a substitute just one day after joining on loan from Queens Park Rangers. Lucas, Joe Allen and Christian Benteke are also on the bench, along with youngsters Smith and Joao Teixeira.

Danny Ward is also included ahead of Adam Bogdan as Simon Mignolet's chief deputy after being recalled from an impressive loan spell at Aberdeen.

Arsene Wenger has made five changes to the side that got Arsenal's quest to lift a third successive FA Cup off to the perfect start last weekend. Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil are back after a well-earned rest, with Gabriel and young Alex Iwobi dropping to the bench.

Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey also start in place of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Mathieu Flamini is back at the expense of Calum Chambers. Mikel Arteta, who came on against Sunderland, could also make his first top-flight appearance since the defeat at West Brom in November after recovering from a calf injury.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Can, Lallana, Ibe, Firmino

Subs: Ward, Caulker, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Teixeira, Benteke

Line-ups are on the way...

There were also three top-flight games taking place last night (12 January). Newcastle and Manchester United played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Tyneside, while West Ham won 3-1 at Bournemouth and a Wayne Hennessey howler helped Aston Villa to secure only their second win of the season.

While we are waiting for that team news to arrive, here's a reminder of the other six Premier League matches taking place tonight:

Chelsea vs West Brom

Manchester City vs Everton

Southampton vs Watford

Stoke vs Norwich

Swansea vs Sunderland

Tottenham vs Leicester

You can keep track of all of these games with my IBTimes UK colleague Tony Mogan right here. This particular live blog will be focused solely on Arsenal's trip to Liverpool, although we will have half-time and full-time scores from around the grounds.

Arsenal are searching for a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions tonight following a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup. The Gunners, whose last Premier League outing saw a second-half goal from Laurent Koscielny rescue a narrow win over relegation-threatened Newcastle, are currently two points ahead of second-place Leicester and three clear of Manchester City.

As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's side have had to battle through an injury epidemic of late with several key players sidelined. A hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham on 2 January was followed by victory over Stoke in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg. A hugely experimental/youthful side also needed a late Brad Smith equaliser to force an FA Cup replay against League Two outfit Exeter last time out.

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of an eagerly-anticipated heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield.

Kick-off is slated for 20.00 GMT, so stay tuned for breaking team news and confirmed line-ups that will be released in the next few minutes. We will also have frequent live updates for you throughout the evening....