Arsene Wenger admitted that he considered taking off Calum Chambers at half-time, but said his improved performance in the second period will help restore some confidence.
The 20 year old suffered a torrid time in the opening 45 minutes, and such was the difficulty he faced that a half-time change was mooted by the manager, but he decided to keep faith with the former Southampton man and alongside Gabriel he was much improved in the second half.
“You’re always tempted,” he said at the prospect of withdrawing him from action, “but he responded well.
“It was important for him. You sit there and you wonder how far he can go without losing competitive confidence. In the second half he did well.
“He’s a good footballer and he will come out of that stronger, with the belief that when he had difficult moments he can come out of it stronger.”
The manager was concerned about his team’s lack of firepower, but was unhappy with the decision of the linesman to give Aaron Ramsey offside when his run was clearly well-timed.
“It was a regular goal,” he said. “It was a period of the game where we maybe had the most problems defensively but it’s a regular goal.
“I can’t see why it was cancelled. It’s clear and on that front you cannot say that Liverpool can complain. I could see live that he could not be offside. He started his run behind his man.
“I could see it from where I was but I thought maybe the angle on TV was different. It was not and I must say that Liverpool played well in the first half.
“We were insecure defensively and we gave them many balls. We created trouble for ourselves but even in the first half we had chances.”