Gary Neville jumped to Arsenal’s defence during their loss to Liverpool and argued that despite the result there is plenty for manager Unai Emery to feel satisfied about.
A first-half header from Joel Matip and two second-half strikes from Mo Salah put the Reds in control before Lucas Torreira got one back late on for the Gunners.
The result means Arsenal have still not won at Anfield since 2012, but speaking on Sky Sports while they were losing 3-0 Neville was positive about their performance.
“It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it,” he said.
“But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.
“It’s the manner of the performance sometimes with Arsenal in the past we’ve been critical of. I’ve not seen that today, they are still going, they’ve not left anything in the changing room, it’s all out there on the pitch.
“I know it’s still a defeat but psychologically, I think even those Arsenal fans are still there, there have been times in the past when they’ve been walking out of here with 15-20 minutes to go, that’s not the case today.”
Although Torreira’s finish to make it 3-1 ended up only being a consolation, Neville felt psychologically it was a big boost for Arsenal.
After the goal he said: “I think that’s a big, big goal that for Arsenal. It won’t get them anything out of the game, but it demonstrates a character and a personality that they’re going to keep going. It’s a good moment for Arsenal.”
The big matches don’t let up any time soon for the Gunners, as they host bitter rivals Tottenham next weekend ahead of the international break.