Liverpool had a golden opportunity to get a good starting point in the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal when they sent off their guest Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss had to leave the field already after 24 minutes of playing at Anfield.
However, the Reds struggled to create great chances with another player and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane gradually missed them and it became very obvious to the guests.
Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher has responded to the fact that coach Jurgen Klopp took no action during the break, after a toothless first half from the hosts.
– I can’t believe he sent the same eleven after the break. The Sky Sports expert said they had to make changes during the break when Arsenal dropped to ten men.
In the second half, Arsenal were the closest to taking the lead when Bukayo Saka got a big chance, but Alisson Becker saved brilliantly.
Athletic journalist James Pearce, who follows Liverpool closely for the famous site, was unimpressed by Jurgen Klopp’s men on Thursday night.
– Big save for Alison to stop Saka. Liverpool are very lucky that they are not down here. He wrote on Twitter that this was terrible.
The return leg will take place in London on Thursday, January 20th.
Red card for Xhaka
Liverpool dominated the first half but struggled to create the big chances. On the other hand, Arsenal were reduced to ten men already after 24 minutes of play.
Granit Xhaka climbed high in the chest area of Diogo Jota and referee Michael Oliver was not in doubt when he pulled the red card.
Before that, Liverpool had a good chance by Jordan Henderson when goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale played the role of captain. The ball rebounded toward the goal, but went out. Henderson got a throwback that didn’t result in more than one corner. It could also appear that he was a midfielder in the first position.
The host team sometimes surrounded the stadium for guests from London, but, as a rule, there was a lack of accuracy in the last step and it was not until the intermission that the Internet became familiar with it.
Arsenal were also not harmless and made some counterattacks. Especially in the 42nd minute it became dangerous when Bukayo Saka entered the penalty area and got injured. However, Joel Matip managed to save amazingly.
After 45 minutes of football, it was 0-0 at the break.
Alison saved her
The second half continued somewhat similarly to the first, with Liverpool having plenty of ball, without breaching Arsenal’s scandalous defence. In the 68th minute, the visitors broke through from the right side after a defensive error.
Curtis Jones and Andy Robertson met up front, before the latter played up to Minamino. He finished the ball and the ball was fired over and outside the goal.
Arsenal had a strong chance a few minutes later when Saka ran a freestyle. He came up alone with Alison Becker. However, the guard brilliantly saved the attempt.
Near the end, Liverpool got half the chances through Roberto Firmino and a big chance for Minamino. The Japanese had to finish the semi-open goal from within 16 meters, but they put the ball incomprehensiblely high above the goal.
It should also be noted that Michael Oliver had taken a direct free-kick anyway to Arsenal up front, so it’s likely he wouldn’t score in this case anyway.
This means Arsenal have an absolute chance of reaching the final of this season, with a good starting point ahead of the second leg in London next week.
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