Wenger backs Liverpool to improve

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Arsene Wenger still believes shattered Liverpool can be a force again this season, once they have regained their broken confidence.

Wenger's Arsenal hit back from a goal down at the break to win their crunch Barclays Premier League clash 2-1 at Anfield.

Gunners boss Wenger said: "Liverpool are a good side and when they find their confidence they can beat anyone in the league."

He added: "They have Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard back, Alberto Aquilani will get fitter and many teams will drop points at Anfield.

"They played in the first half with an impressive level of performance."

Wenger's praise is scant reward for Liverpool, who fell apart in the second half after Glen Johnson's own goal put Arsenal level following Dirk Kuyt's first-half opener.

Andrey Arshavin then cracked a stunning winner as Wenger's verbal broadside at half-time had the desired effect.

Captain Cesc Fabregas revealed that Wenger was so angry that he told them "they didn't deserve to wear the shirt".

That was enough to galvanise Arsenal into a victory to send them back to third place in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.

"I will not explain what I said at half-time. I will only say that Liverpool dominated the first half and Arsenal dominated the second period," said Wenger.

"I never speak about what I say at half-time. You respond to what you believe your team needs. I try to be composed. I was quite composed. But it is good that, after 13 years as manager, I can still surprise the players like that."

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