Liverpool vs Arsenal end in goalless draw in Carabao Cup

The first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final of Arsenal and Liverpool ended in a goalless draw even after Granit Xhaka’s first-half red card at Anfield.

Scenes from liverpool match

The midfielder was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity after faulting Diogo Jota in the chest on the edge of the box in the 23rd minute.

Liverpool, without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are at the Africa Cup of Nations, lacked a good attacking squad despite Jurgen Klopp selecting his strongest available first team.

Arsenal were well worth a draw after a solid rearguard performance, and had the best chance of the game before Minamino’s poor miss as Saka forced a save from Alisson midway through the second half.

Liverpool started the semi-final in typical fashion, pinning the visitors back early on, but were unusually sloppy in possession. They struggled to create clear-cut openings, particularly after Xhaka’s expulsion, much to the frustration of Klopp and the home fans.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be encouraged by his side’s determination with a home advantage to look forward to as both sides aim to book their place in February’s final against Chelsea at Wembley.

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