Liverpool defender James Milner has said the club need to be able to switch off their attacking play when needed.

Phillipe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a 2-goal lead in the first half, but the Reds lost it in the second half.

Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all scored within a 5-minute spell, giving the lead to the Gunners.

Liverpool were able to come back to secure a draw through Roberto Firmino’s late strike, but Milner feels they should never have lost their 2-goal lead.

“When you are in a position like that at this level you’ve got to see the game out. We have got to become more boring,” Milner said.

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“There are times in the game when you’ve got to tighten up and not make those mistakes for five minutes. All the goals were our fault really and that’s something we have to learn from.

“We play such good football going forward and maybe sometimes we need to switch that off for five or 10 minutes.

“We need to play it a bit tighter and keep the ball a bit longer rather than trying to break all the time.”

Klopp refused to concede his team should have been more cautious after taking the lead, but he did admit their own mistakes were crucial in the meltdown.

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“Defending is a team thing. Today we make individual mistakes and that is not cool. My job is to think about the performance and that was a winning performance,” he said.

“We made mistakes on both sides of the game but it is unlikely to win 6-3 or something at Arsenal.

“We didn’t take all of our chances but three goals should be enough. Arsenal were not in the game apart from 10 minutes. We need to be angry with ourselves.”

Klopp did point the finger at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after he was at fault for Xhaka’s long-range goal.

“He misjudged it. A second hand would have helped but that is how it is,” he said.

“You don’t need to make it bigger than it is. It felt like we shouldn’t have conceded but we did.”