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Martin to rescue after Borini's red

Martin Skrtel was disappointed at Liverpool's failure to beat Arsenal, despite his goal deep into stoppage time salvaging a 2-2 draw for the Reds.

The Slovakia international powered home a header from Adam Lallana's ball into the box to rescue a point for 10-man Liverpool, who had dominated the game for long periods.

Brendan Rodgers' side shifted to three at the back and that caused Arsenal problems throughout, with the hosts dominating possession, but they were unable to make it count.

"Obviously we wanted to get the three points but being down one goal and to equalise in the last minute is good, but we are disappointed we couldn't win," admitted Skrtel.

When substitute Fabio Borini saw red for two rash moments it looked like it was slipping away from Liverpool, but Skrtel made the most of the nine minutes of stoppage time - which were a direct result of a head injury he suffered - to atone for his mistakes and earn the Reds a point.

"It was a great cross from Adam and I had a header before, but I've been waiting quite a while for a goal so I'm really happy," he added.

Lallana, who looked bright for the hosts, echoed Skrtel's sentiments and now wants them to kick on over the festive period.

"I thought we were the dominant team throughout the whole game and we created enough to get the victory but that's the way it's been going for us lately," he said.

"We can take a little bit of momentum out of that goal into the Christmas period but we've got games coming up that are winnable and we need to start turning these good performances into wins."

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