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Late Firmino goal blows title challenge open

Roberto Firmino’s late header gave Liverpool a 2-2 draw against leaders Arsenal as the Premier League title race was blown wide open in a pulsating Anfield encounter.

The Gunners who are league-leaders looked set to pass the toughest assessment of their title credentials with a first Anfield win since 2012 when Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus both scored before the quarter hour mark.

Mohamed Salah sparked Liverpool’s revival, by halving the deficit three minutes before half-time, but his missed second-half penalty looked to have handed Arsenal the victory they needed to restore their eight-point lead at the summit.

Liverpool’s perseverance was rewarded three minutes from time when Arsenal’s nemesis Firmino levelled the contest with a header which his 10th Premier League goal against the Gunners.

The drama continued in a thrilling finale as Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced two sensational saves to prevent Salah and Ibrahima Konate scoring stoppage-time winners, as Arsenal clung onto a first Anfield point in seven seasons which could prove priceless if their title aspirations are to come to fruition.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas