Wenger now has no case for the defence

By Avenell Dave

We got away with it yesterday, didn't we?

A point at Anfield is not a bad way to start the season and I'd have taken that before the game.

It's all very well bossing huge periods of the game but we had no cutting edge and at times it looked like we were a man short, not Liverpool.

We had to rely on some Spanish goalkeeping generosity to earn us a point but that's what happens when you laugh and joke about another player's captain in a Barca shirt.

Karma, Pepe Reina, karma. May you now learn some respect for other clubs and their fans.

There was plenty to admire, plenty to lament yesterday, wasn't there?

Despite his red card, Laurent Koscielny had a fine game, keeping a close watch on Fernando Torres when he came on and being unfairly sent off when the ball hit his arm.

Thankfully he'll only miss Blackpool and it will give him a chance for the egg-sized lump on his leg to go down.

His red card increases the urgency for Arsene Wenger to buy a new central defender and with a quiet week ahead of a home game we should win, there really is no excuse.

As someone said on Twitter yesterday, we had twice as many fit goalkeepers as centre backs going into the game - ridiculous.

On the subject of goalkeepers, Manuel Almunia did little to suggest he should be given a chance again this season.

At fault for the goal, he looked shaky throughout and flapped at crosses like a bat trying to get away from vampire hunters.

Mark Schwarzer looks a more likely signing than Shay Given, whatever we would prefer, but Wenger cannot have seen anything to reassure him that his number one is good enough.

Elsewhere, Andrey Arshavin was mostly poor, failing to track back and partially at fault for the Liverpool goal.

The guy has such talent, but we signed him ahead of so-called other interest from 'giants' because his work rate and attitude is not up to scratch and we have to carry him throughout games.

Abou Diaby, Manu Eboue and Samir Nasri flitted in and out of games, and Maraoune Chamakh put in a decent shift leading the forward line.

I loved seeing Jack Wilshere get booked.

Peverse as it may seem, his booking underlined the fact that he is willing to compete and won't let himself get bullied despite his youth and size.

He may not have shone, but it was a decent game from the young midfielder and I'm convinced he'll prove we were right not to sign Joe Cole.

On the subject of Cole, his sending off was perhaps a little harsh and forced Liverpool back, but he did little to make me wish we'd signed him before his expulsion.

If we hadn't conceded so early in the second half, Liverpool would have pushed forward and left gaps but with a lead to sit on, they allowed us to huff and puff without any tangible threat until Reina's mishap.

When RvP and Cesc Fabregas are fit, we'll look more dangerous, but the same old shakiness endures.

Arsene, the evidence was there for all to see.

We can be great.

It's up to you to fill in the missing pieces of the jigsaw at the back so we can make a real challenge for honours this season.