Liverpool FC did not make it past a 0-0 in the semi-final first leg of the League Cup despite a long outnumbering against Arsenal. Xhaka was the last man to see a straight red early, but the Gunners defended passionately afterwards.
Granit Xhaka saw the red card for this action as the last man against Diogo Jota.
The game should actually have taken place a week ago, but Liverpool postponed the game for a week due to an alleged corona outbreak. In the league, the duel went 4-0 to the Reds, but only two of the four goal scorers were on the field. Salah and Mané are at the Africa Cup, Diogo Jota and Minamino, however, got the chance from the start.
The first minutes clearly belonged to Liverpool, meanwhile a few negligence crept in at Arsenal. First Gabriel played a back pass almost into his own goal, then Ramsdale shot at Henderson. The keeper’s mistake was not punished, Henderson could only take one corner.
Xhaka misjudges himself with serious consequences
There was no serious conclusion in the entire first round on either side, despite the permanent dominance of the Reds. This got even bigger after 24 minutes, because Xhaka was the last man to foul the hurrying Diogo Jota and was sent off with a straight red. Until the break, Arsenal defended their own penalty area, Liverpool ran up, but found no gap. The Klopp-Elf was to be noted that the two best attackers were not available.
Saka and Minamino forgive miserably
After the restart, Liverpool was no longer as powerful, and small mistakes crept in in the passing game and when receiving the ball. As a result, Arsenal provided more relief, although the Gunners did not show up significantly in front of Alisson – up to the 72nd minute: After a cross from Tierney, Saka had a lot of space in the penalty area, but failed from close range on the Brazilian.
Goals and cards
Goals and cards
Leno (Tor), Pablo Mari, Patino, Mika Biereth, Omari Hutchinson, Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand
January 13th, 2022, 8:45 pm
Anfield Stadium Liverpool
Shortly before the end, Liverpool still had a chance at the lucky punch, but Minamino shot from seven meters over the almost empty goal – and so it was a goalless draw. The second leg will take place in a week, before the Reds have to play in the league on Sunday at home against Brentford (3 p.m.). Arsenal played the North London derby against Tottenham shortly after (5:30 p.m.).