Liverpool and Arsenal headed into the half-time interval at 1-1, a score-line which shocked many, including renowned pundit Michael Owen and Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney.
The Reds lined up for the Premier League clash at Anfield in an non-traditional 3-4-3 formation with a front-three of Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling down the middle and Lazar Markovic down the right.
In what could be described as a brave and risky formation for the underperforming hosts, it has actually worked well as they completely dominated a lacklustre Arsenal side for the first 45 minutes.
The Gunners struggled to pose a threat and were poor in possession, demonstrated by Danny Welbeck’s woeful 43% pass completion rate.
However, after Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds a deserved lead, the visitors conjured up an immediate equaliser through right-back Mathieu Debuchy, assisted by the even more unlikely Mathieu Flamini.
It was flattering half-time score-line for Arsene Wenger’s men, and their dreary display prompted a number of high-profile observers to comment on their good fortune.
“Liverpool looking more like their old self. Dominant first half display. Arsenal will be pinching themselves in the away dressing room knowing they are still right in this game,” Michael Owen wrote on Sportlobster.
The former United striker wasn’t the only player who was shocked to see the North Londoners still in the game at half-time, as England skipper Wayne Rooney also watched on with interest.
Don't know how liverpool and arsenal are level at ht. That's football
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) diciembre 21, 2014
Olivier Giroud fired Wenger's side into a 2-1 lead with only their second shot on target on 64 minutes.
In spite of the setback, the Reds to their credit kept going and eventually got their just rewards as defender Martin Skrtel fired in an equaliser deep into injury time.
"I'd say both managers will be reasonably pleased with a point. Liverpool showing more promise these last couple of games," Owen added.
That was deserved— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) diciembre 21, 2014