Jamie Redknapp praises Liverpool performance but wants more end product

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Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp had some choice words to say this weekend about Liverpool's draw with Arsenal.

Redknapp told a panel of commentators that he believes it would have been a 'travesty' had Liverpool lost against Arsenal at Anfield, having dominated for large spells of Sunday's encounter.

This performance follows on from the Reds defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford which came despite the Reds dominant performance. The lack of a clinical finisher has been identified as a major issue at the club as the absence of the prolific duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has been evident.

Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli were brought into replace Suarez who was sold to Barcelona this summer however the pair have failed to make an impact in front of goal. Liverpool recorded 27 shots against the Gunners yielding just two goals. The lack of final product at Anfield has caused Jamie Redknapp to question the Reds set up.

"Liverpool certainly didn’t deserve to lose today," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

"It would have been a travesty if Liverpool would have lost that game. They were magnificent.

"They have been battered at times this season. They’ve conceded too many goals and not been at their best for a while.

"If you are looking for positives, today is as good as it gets for Liverpool.

"I know they only drew 2-2, but the manner with which they passed the ball they can only get better with Sturridge to come back.

"Going forward has been a problem, as well as at the back this season, but some of the movement was a joy to watch at times.

'How they got themselves into a position to lose that match, with the amount
of chances and possession that they had I do not know.

"That have to sort it out defensively, yes, but if they keep passing like that things will improve."

Bellamy agrees

On the Sky Sports panel former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy supported Redknapp's claims that the Reds are improving.

Bellamy said: "I agree that Liverpool are much better.

"I thought the performance against Man United was very good. Then Bournemouth and now today. 

"They are looking more of a threat that’s for sure. (Philippe) Coutinho was brilliant today, and we are now seeing the best of (Adam) Lallana.

"He has found a position and we are seeing what he did at Southampton. All Coutinho needs is half a yard, he is that quick off the mark."

In the same fixture last season Reds defender Martin Skrtel netted twice before goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge left the Gunners 4-0 behind after only 20 minutes.

Sterling put Liverpool 5-0 ahead, with Mikel Arteta scoring a consolation. Liverpool look a very different side to the team that finished the league in second place last term which has disappointed fans that were hoping to build on last season's success.

The club may look to the January transfer window to strengthen the squad as they look towards a top five finish.

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