After The Match 


LIVERPOOL-ARSENAL 1-2 (1-1)           Saturday Oct 4        Premier League
Goals: Kewell (14)                Edu (29), Pires (68)
Team: Dudek, Finnan, Hyypia, Biscan, Riise, Diouf, Gerrard, Diao, Smicer, Kewell, Owen
Subs: Le Tallec (Smicer 42), Heskey (Owen 72), Welsh (Diao 83)
Not used: Kirkland, Henchoz
Yellow: Biscan (60), Welsh (85)         Cole (31), Parlour (36)
Red: None
Referee: Graham Barber (Tring)
Attendance: 44.374

                                                             FIXTURES & RESULTS
On target: 7-8
Off target: 6-4
Fouls: 12-20
Corne:rs 11-3
Yellow: 2-2
Red: 0-0





"...we didn't
get what
we deserved."

                  Gerard Houllier

0510: Owen rated 50-50 for Turkey game
0510: Gerrard: Carragher badly missed
0510: Wenger hails lucky victory
0410: England face Owen wait
0410: Boss: We didn't deserve to lose
0410: Owen injured in Arsenal triumph


Owen rated 50-50 for Turkey game


Michael Owen has a 50-50 chance of playing in England's Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey after a scan confirmed his leg injury was not as bad as first feared.

Owen landed awkwardly during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at Anfield and was forced to hobble off the field, leaving the ground on crutches afterwards.

A scan has revealed no damage to his ankle or knee but a split in the lining between the fibula and tibia bones in his lower right leg.

That should not prevent him being called into Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad, which will be announced at 2pm on Monday.

The injury had looked much worse at the time, with Owen landing heavily before rolling in agony on the turf.

Players from both sides rushed to his aid but he was able to continue briefly after treatment before being substituted.

The initial diagnosis was that no bones were broken but Eriksson and Reds manager Gerard Houllier will have breathed a sigh of relief with news of the scan results.

Houllier's only other fit first-team striker is Emile Heskey after Milan Baros' broken ankle and Neil Mellor's loan to West Ham.

Eriksson already relies heavily on Owen up front and any absence would force the Swede's hand, with Wayne Rooney the most likely replacement for a game England need to avoid defeat in if they are to qualify automatically for Euro 2004.

Owen will receive treatment from Liverpool's medical staff with a view to joining up with the England squad on Tuesday.

Gerrard: Carragher badly missed


Steven Gerrard says that Jamie Carragher's skills on the pitch and presence in the dressing room are being sorely missed by Liverpool.

The Reds failed to convert their superiority against league leaders Arsenal on Saturday and defensive failings again let the opposition in as they did last week against Charlton.

Now the midfielder, whose concession of possession lead to the Gunners' second goal, wants all his colleagues to concentrate harder and raise their game defensively.

He said: "As far as I'm concerned, losing Jamie Carraher is as big a blow as losing Michael Owen or Harry Kewell.

"Carra has been underrated by everybody for too long. Because he doesn't score goals or hit 50-yard passes, people have never given him the credit he deserves.

"We all know he has sweated blood for this team and we're gutted not to have him. Players like that are not only missed on the park, but around the dressing room because he's such a good laugh to have around.

"It also make a bit of a difference because he's an English player and a local lad. Although we all get on with each other, it's always nice to have one of your own to talk to in the dressing room."

Wenger hails lucky victory

BBC Sport Online

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side were fortunate to claim all three points in Saturday's clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

The home side took a 13th-minute lead through Harry Kewell but wasted numerous chances to increase their lead before the break as the Gunners hit back to win 2-1.

"They could have been two or three goals up," said Wenger, whose team extended their lead at the top of the Premiership table to four points.

"We had to show all the qualities we have in our squad. In the first half, resilience and hanging on, and in the second half it was about closing people down."

Arsenal equalised on the half hour when Edu's header from a Robert Pires cross was deflected into the Liverpool goal by Reds defender by Sami Hyypia.

Pries then grabbed the winner when he curled home from the edge of the area midway through the second half.

"It was an outstanding goal," said Wenger, who described the strike as "just Pires".

England face Owen wait

BBC Sport Online

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson faces an anxious wait to discover if striker Michael Owen will be fit for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey.

Owen will undergo a scan on Sunday on the shin injury that forced him to limp out of Liverpool's 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at Anfield.


  The picture we didn't wish to see - Owen injured.

Liverpool's striker collapsed in agony charging down a clearance from Ashley Cole - and even though X-rays revealed no break, he is rated doubtful for Saturday's clash in Istanbul.

Owen's absence would be a shattering blow for England, who have relied heavily on his goals to keep their Euro 2004 hopes alive.

Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier said: "The X-ray is clear - but he felt something, so we'll see on Sunday.

"It's too early to say how long he will be out for. It could be minor or a more serious matter - but I can't say."

Owen played on after lengthy treatment, but was clearly in trouble and finally left the action after 71 minutes.

It compounded Liverpool's problems - with boss Houllier regretting a host of missed chances after a second successive defeat.

He said: "Arsenal hardly had a kick in the first half - but the boys have got to keep their heads up. They can be proud of their performance.

"We've just played a team who are top of the league and undefeated in a while, who are very clinical."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "We have shown great toughness and togetherness to get this result.

"I felt the 1-1 scoreline at half-time flattered us. but we were much more in control after half-time and looked like we could get the goal we needed."

Boss: We didn't deserve to lose

LFC Official Website

Gerard Houllier reflected on his side's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal and insisted: "We didn't deserve to lose today."

Houllier's side were in complete control for two thirds of the game before Arsenal clicked into gear and stole the points thanks to a stunning strike from Robert Pires.

"They were more clinical than us on the day," said the manager. "We had more chances than them and their goalkeeper had to make more saves than ours did, but we didn't get what we deserved.

"We could have had the game finished off at half time but then we had a 20 minute blip in the second half when they played well and caused us problems. Of course, it was a wonderful goal which won it for them.

"We have to keep going and keep believing in what we are doing. I'm happy with the performance today but very disappointed with the result.

Owen injured in Arsenal triumph

BBC Sport Online

Arsenal cemented their Premiership supremacy with a vital victory at Liverpool - but an entertaining encounter was over-shadowed by an injury to England striker Michael Owen.

Owen limped off with a shin problem just seven days before England's crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey.

It completed a miserable day for Liverpool - who squandered the lead and a host of chances before being caught by two Arsenal sucker punches.

Harry Kewell gave Liverpool an early lead., but Sami Hyypia's own goal gave Arsenal an undeserved equaliser and Robert Pires' brilliant second half strike kept them top of the table.

But Owen's injury will claim the headlines as he collapsed in agony charging down a clearance.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will be relieved that x-rays showed no break, but Owen must already be rated a doubt for Istanbul.

Arsenal were still without injured Patrick Vieira and boss Arsene Wenger decided to rest Martin Keown to accommodate the return of Sol Campbell.

He delivered a surprise selection in attack,with Jeremie Aliadiere getting the nod ahead of Sylvain Wiltord.

It was a re-shaped Arsenal line-up - and Liverpool took advantage by exerting almost total first half domination.

Owen and Vladimir Smicer had already tested Jens Lehmann before Kewell deservedly put Liverpool ahead after 13 minutes.

John-Arne Riise's cross was deflected to Kewell, who showed perfect technique to flash a left foot volley past Lehmann.

It was the signal for a sustained spell of flowing attacking football from Liverpool, which contained everything but the vital second goal.

Kewell struck a carbon copy of his goal chance over the top, while Owen sent a lob over the top with Lehmann stranded.

Owen had an even better opportunity after 28 minutes, when he headed Steven Gerrard's free-kick over the top from only eight yards.

And Arsenal made Liverpool pay for their generosity, albeit in fortuitous fashion, two minutes later.

Pires' free-kicked was deflected on to Hyypia by Edu and past a helpless Jerzy Dudek.

Liverpool suffered an injury blow after 41 minutes when Smicer limped off to be replaced by French teenager Anthony Le Tallec.

Gerard Houllier's side picked up the pace again after the interval - but Arsenal had settled to their task and posed a greater threat.

And they were rewarded after 67 minutes when Pires curled a magnificent finish into the top corner to put Arsenal ahead.

The most worrying moment for Liverpool and England came four minutes later when Owen limped sadly away.

He had been struggling with an ankle injury after charging down a clearance, and he was replaced by Emile Heskey.

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