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Liverpool frustrated by 10-man Arsenal in League Cup semifinal draw

Liverpool annoyed by 10-man Arsenal in League Cup semifinal draw | Soccer Information

Liverpool have been annoyed by 10-man Arsenal in a 0-0 League Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday (January 13) at Anfield the place the guests defended fantastically after Granit Xhaka’s early sending off. Switzerland worldwide midfielder Xhaka was proven a crimson card within the twenty fourth minute for a excessive problem on Diogo Jota on the fringe of the realm, catching the Portuguese ahead within the ribs and denying him a scoring alternative.
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta responded by bringing on defender Rob Holding instead of striker Eddie Nketiah, the hat-trick hero in opposition to League One aspect Sunderland within the quarter-finals, leaving Alexandre Lacazette because the lone man up entrance. Regardless of Liverpool having fun with many of the possession, Arsenal stored them out with a powerful efficiency underneath strain and nonetheless seemed harmful on the break.
The hosts have been toothless with out their potent strike pairing of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who’re taking part in on the Africa Cup of Nations for Egypt and Senegal respectively. “I might have most well-liked to attain the purpose fairly than them getting the crimson card, particularly after the sport now,” Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp advised Sky Sports activities.
“It’s a two-leg sport and it’s halftime and I can’t keep in mind one time in my life once I was sitting with 0-0 at halftime wherever it was and thought, ‘Oh, now we have no probability any extra’.”
FT!@LFC cannot discover a well past 10-man @Arsenal, which means it is all to play for in subsequent week’s second leg!#EFL | #CarabaoCup
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) January 13, 2022
The winners after subsequent week’s second leg in London will face Chelsea, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on mixture on Wednesday, within the remaining at Wembley on February 27.
Arsenal’s finest alternative got here within the 71st minute when England worldwide Bukayo Saka compelled a crouching save from Alisson with the primary actual shot on track of the sport. Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino then missed a golden probability when the Japanese midfielder fired excessive over the bar from shut vary within the ninetieth.
The miss summed up the evening for Liverpool, who lacked composure and snatched at possibilities in opposition to opponents dumped out of the FA Cup within the third spherical at Championship (second-tier)aspect Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
“There may be a lot combat on this group and it confirmed right now,” mentioned Arsenal defender Ben White, who was man of the match. “We dug deep and received the outcome that we would have liked … it’s onerous sufficient to return right here with 11 males and to get one despatched off right away will not be good. However completely excellent from everybody.
“You must focus the entire sport and (have) a little bit of luck. The result’s properly deserved. It’s good to defend like that as a defender.”
Arteta hailed his gamers for his or her preventing spirit. “We performed the sport that we needed to play, which isn’t our sport,” mentioned the Spaniard, whose aspect picked up just a few accidents with proper again Cedric Soares taken off after solely 12 minutes and substitute Calum Chambers struggling on the finish.
(with Reuters inputs)

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