The visitors to Anfield had taken an extremely fortuitous lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but their advantage was almost immediately wiped out by Sadio Mane who pounced from close range after Leno was only able to parry Mohamed Salah’s close range blast.
On closer inspection, however, Green noted how the Germany international’s hand position prevented him from being able to push the ball to safety and help maintain his side’s precarious lead.
He told Sky Sports: ‘There was something not quite right with it, the strike from Salah when it’s not a strong parry and he doesn’t get the ball out far enough if you look where his arms are they are down almost by his ankles and certainly behind his knees.
‘The difficulty with that is when the shot comes from such close proximity to the goal the distance his hands have to move to save the ball, compared to holding them up in front of his body in a catching position, is that he has to move so far that his left hand is always trailing. He just doesn’t get across in time to make the parry and it slips through his hands rather than getting two strong hands to the ball.
‘That’s the fine margins, that’s how close it is. I think from there as a goalkeeper he thinks I’m only going to make a block there anyway so I’m trying to make myself as big as possible and trust his feet a bit more maybe if it’s a low shot. So if he’s got his hands up higher and closer together, maybe he would have bought himself a bit more time to get his hands to the ball.’
Leno regained his position as Mikel Arteta’s No.1 after the Arsenal manager sanctioned the decision to sell Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa earlier this month.
The Argentine had deputised superbly for the former Bayer Leverkusen star last season, playing a pivotal role in the FA Cup and Community Shield successes, but Green felt it was inevitable Leno would win his place back once he regained fitness.
‘Everyone is going to make mistakes in goal it happens it’s a tough one that because he’s made the save.
‘With Martinez it was £15million they were never going to get six months before, he hadn’t played many games for Arsenal and then all of a sudden he covered himself in glory and it was fantastic but it was an opportunity to sell one to bring one or two others in where they need it more.’