Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (2nd L) scores a goal against Arsenal during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool Patrick Kane USA Jersey , northern England December 21, 2014. A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-minute equaliser to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
Having bossed the first half, Liverpool went ahead through Philippe Coutinho, only for goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud to leave Arsene Wenger's Arsenal on the brink of a smash-and-grab victory.
But Giroud's accidental kick to Skrtel's head led to nine minutes of stoppage time and the tattooed Slovakian centre-back claimed his revenge with a memorable header in front of the Kop.
"It was an outstanding performance. Our passing and movement on the pitch, which is terrible Mike Komisarek USA Jersey , was superb," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
"At half-time we asked for more of the same with the same movement and then we showed great character to fight back from 2-1 down with 10 men."
But though the goal -- Skrtel's first of the season -- gave Liverpool's fans some much-needed Christmas cheer, it did little to improve their team's standing in the table following a run of only two wins in nine games.
Rodgers's side, who had Fabio Borini sent off, are now 17 points below leaders Chelsea and nine points below the top four Max Pacioretty USA Jersey , while Arsenal trail the Champions League places by four points.
Wenger, whose side had capitulated 5-1 on their previous visit to Anfield in February, said: "It was maybe a fair result, but we are disappointed to give a goal away with a free header from a corner.
"It's disappointing that we didn't even jump. You want everybody to be focused on the corner."
With Liverpool fielding seven midfielders in a 3-4-3 formation, which saw Raheem Sterling reprise his role as a 'false nine' Matt Niskanen USA Jersey , it was unsurprising to see the hosts dominate possession from kick-off.
Steven Gerrard curled a free-kick wide in the early stages and Adam Lallana drilled a left-foot effort narrowly over after skilfully spinning onto a pass from Lazar Markovic.
After fielding a tame effort from Coutinho, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny produced a decisive stop, spreading himself to thwart Markovic, who had been freed to run at goal by Gerrard's flick.
- Kop silenced -
Markovic also whipped a first-time shot over the bar from a Sterling pass, before the breakthrough arrived in the 45th minute.
After Giroud conceded possession Kyle Palmieri USA Jersey , Jordan Henderson played a pass into the feet of Coutinho, who threw Debuchy off-balance before drilling a low shot into the bottom-left corner.
There had been a sense of inevitability about the goal, but barely a minute later, Arsenal silenced the Kop by equalising with their first attempt at goal.
Alexis Sanchez's right-wing free-kick was half-cleared, Mathieu Flamini kept the ball alive Justin Abdelkader USA Jersey , and Debuchy climbed at the back post to head home via a deflection off Skrtel.
Skrtel's misfortune continued early in the second period as he was left with a nasty gash on the back of his head after being accidentally kicked by Giroud, which prompted a six-minute stoppage in play.
Liverpool came close to scoring when play resumed, with Sterling slyly using his hand to knock the ball past the onrushing Szczesny before crossing for Gerrard, whose diving header sent the ball over.
But it was Arsenal who struck next. Giroud clipped Kieran Gibb's pass wide to Santi Cazorla and then exploited sluggish defending to meet the Spaniard's low cross with a shot that flew past Brad Jones.
Rodgers sent on Borini and Rickie Lambert for the closing stages and the former drew a brilliant save from Szczesny with a late header.
But after being booked for hurling the ball away when a throw-in decision went against him, he was sent off after catching Cazorla with a high foot.
Szczesny saved from Gerrard Jonathan Quick USA Jersey , but just as it looked like Arsenal would hang on, Skrtel met Lallana's right-wing corner with an emphatic near-post header to earn the 10 men a point.
In the day's other game, Sunderland claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory at Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby thanks to a 90th-minute goal from former Newcastle youth player Adam Johnson.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. top tech company Apple Inc.'s offer to replace iPhone batteries at lower prices could cut sales by millions of units this year, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
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Last week, Apple apologized for slowing down the performance of old-version iPhones with older batteries, which has already drawn multiple lawsuits.
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