10-man Arsenal Hold Liverpool At Anfield.
Despite fielding his strongest team available, Jurgen Klopp could not lead Liverpool to victory in the rescheduled League Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
The Reds struggled to break down the ten men of North London in a game that saw Granit Xhaka sent off for hauling down Diogo Jota.
The ten men of North London defended resolutely to ensure that the aggregate scoreline of this cup tie remained goalless before the reverse fixture at the Emirates next week.
Liverpool controlled the game, as one could assume when they had a man advantage.
However, the lack of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane from that electrifying front three meant they never really had time to show their teeth.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were key in most of the hosts’ approach play, although the right-back was substituted in the last quarter-hour as he recovers from COVID-19.
Bukayo Saka came closest for Arsenal, but Alisson Becker blocked an opportunity at his feet following a terrific burst from left-back Kierney.
As the hosts continued to press, Ben White made a critical interception on an Andy Robertson cross that seemed like it would be turned goalward by Roberto Firmino, and Takumi Minamino pulled a shot wide of Aaron Ramsdale’s far post.
With the net at his mercy, Minamino skied an open goal opportunity right at the end, but the ball landed high in the Kop, encapsulating the Reds’ effort.
But nothing materialized for them; Arsenal maintained their back five formation and were able to exit Anfield with a goalless draw.