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Van Persie punishes Liverpool profligacy

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Have a heart. Two man Arsenal beat Liverpool.

Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2

Supporters of both teams came away from this game wondering how they ended up with this scoreline.

Arsenal fans will be celebrating a last gasp victory that gives them hope in the race for a European Champions league place and Liverpool fans will be wondering how they managed to grab defeat from a position where at the very least they should have been sharing the spoils.

Van Persie barely had a kick all game being isolated up field for most of the time whilst the red tide surged forward at the other end of the pitch.

The two meaningful touches he did have buried the ball in the back of the Liverpool net and showed Kuyt, Suarez, Downing, Adam et al how to finish with aplomb.

Towards the end of the game Sky flashed up the statistic that on the corner count Liverpool were giving Arsenal a roasting.

13-0 and if this was a boxing match Arsenal would have been put out of their misery by the referee.

When it comes to putting the ball in the net Liverpool are hopelessly poor.

Their league goal difference is +5 which is awful. Just awful. Manchester City have ten times the amount.

You could mitigate and say that they are top of the league for hitting the woodwork – 21 times so far this season, but the defence crumbles when the prosecution weighs in with their abominable penalty miss record – six so far this season, although once again the opposition keeper brought his best game of the season to Anfield.

Both Kuyt and Suarez saw shots rebound off the post but for the most part the Liverpool midfield picked up where they left off in the Carling cup blazing high and wide at every opportunity.

For their part Arsenal were very poor and their midfield was overrun by neat passing from Spearing and in particular Henderson who had his best game so far in a red shirt.

It looks like Liverpool's chance of European competition next season is going to remain with the Europa League. They are now ten points off the pace and games are running out.

John Henry, Dalglish and Comolli will have some serious work on their hands in the summer to extricate themselves from a position where they have spent so much money on so few misfiring players.

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