Liverpool survive Arsenal fightback in six-goal thriller

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Liverpool played out a pulsating 3-3 draw with Arsenal Friday at Emirates Stadium in their final game before Christmas.

Both teams will be going into the game on high spirits, with each having won its last couple of games.

"We are friends, we like each other, he's a great guy and a fantastic player who is very fast with quality and confidence".

Arsene Wenger's men now sit fifth in the table but with just one point separating them from fourth-placed Liverpool, Arsenal can leapfrog their rivals in to fourth with a win tonight.

'There are times in the game when you've got to tighten up and not make those mistakes for five minutes.

After throwing away another lead, Liverpool stay fourth - a point and a place above Arsenal - but the awful defending from both sides indicated they will struggle for Champions League qualification without improvement at the back.

Wenger sent on centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for Nacho Monreal, but the fault-lines in Arsenal's defence were still being exposed.

- Salah claims goal No.21 of campaign just after half-time.

Liverpool is fourth with 34 points from nine wins, seven draws and two loses.

Hector Bellerin swung a cross to the far post and with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez losing concentration, Sanchez nipped in to head home.

- Three strikes in six minutes from Sanchez, Xhaka and Ozil put hosts in front.

The drama wasn't over and Liverpool recovered their composure to equalise in the 71st minute.

The comeback was seemingly complete thanks to Mesut Ozil's sensational finish, the playmaker chipping Mignolet after a sublime one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, but Firmino beat Cech with 19 minutes left to level the scores.

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