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Liverpool draw with ten-men Arsenal

Liverpool came from behind to earn a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates. The scores were already level when Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for a second yellow card after half-time.

Robin van Persie had fired the Gunners ahead on 24 minutes, only for former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to equalise.

Liverpool's assistant boss Sammy Lee revealed how Rafa Benitez, recovering from illness, was in constant contact during the game and rang to congratulate his players after the final whistle.

Lee joked to the club's official web site: "His phone bill will be quite big! Technology meant it was never going to be a problem. It's testament to his professionalism because he was in a lot of pain.

"Our hope now is that he can settle down for a while and get himself 100 per cent right so that he's ready for the really busy schedule that's coming up."

Asked how Benitez had responded to the result, Lee added: "He was pleased. He wanted the lads to know what a good point it was against a very good football team."

He explained: "There's all kinds of cliches but we'd have settled for a point before the game. The lads are a bit disappointed but great credit should be given to Arsenal for the way they fought when they went a man down.

"Once they went a man down they organised themselves right and made sure they kept shape and kept tight. We worked hard to use a numerical advantage but we don't feel we did that - that's maybe why there's a bit of disappointment among the lads.

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