Liverpool’s German-born Cameroonian defender Joel Matip (L) vies with Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (R) all over the English League Cup semi-closing first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 13, 2022. Paul ELLIS / AFPArsenal held out for over an hour a man down to sail away their League Cup semi-closing with Liverpool delicately poised after the well-known leg ended 0-0 at Anfield on Thursday.
The Gunners regarded discipline to pay for one more 2nd of madness from outdated captain Granit Xhaka when he was despatched off for slicing down Diogo Jota after correct 24 minutes.
Then again, Liverpool badly skipped over the firepower of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as they laboured to even create chances against the 10 males.
Chelsea already wait for the winners at Wembley next month after the well-known leg, at the origin scheduled to be conducted at the Emirates last week, was known as off due to the a coronavirus outbreak among the many Liverpool squad.
The Reds were lacking Salah and Mane due to the their worldwide responsibilities at the Africa Cup of Countries.
Then again, Liverpool in any other case had a dapper bill of smartly being and Jurgen Klopp named the strongest aspect on hand to him.
The home aspect had the greater of a cagey opening quarter with Ben White’s miscued clearance from Takumi Minamino’s depraved that skewed correct broad the closest both aspect got here earlier than the pink card.
Xhaka has remained a key player for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta despite his disciplinary complications.
But he’s going to miss Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham and the 2nd leg next Thursday after being despatched off for the 2nd time this season.
Jota was conducted by on goal by Andy Robertson’s pinpoint long ball and the Portuguese was brutally brought down by Xhaka’s lunge.
Arteta replied by sacrificing Eddie Nketiah for an extra centre-support in Engage Maintaining and the guests’ support five held up smartly despite Liverpool dominating possession.
Minamino’s mishit depraved that sailed inches broad was the closest Klopp’s males got here to rising the step forward earlier than the German turned to his bench for the closing half hour.
The Jap had all of Liverpool’s simplest chances as he dragged his shot broad from a slim perspective midway by the 2nd half.
Moments later a rare Arsenal foray forward nearly resulted in the winner as Kieran Tierney picked out Bukayo Saka, nonetheless he would possibly perchance additionally no longer beat Alisson Becker from discontinuance vary.
There was extra undertaking for Arteta when Saka limped off in the closing stages.
And all his aspect’s gorgeous work was nearly undone at the death as Aaron Ramsdale flapped at a depraved, nonetheless Minamino sliced excessive and broad with the goal gaping to sail away all of it to play for in the 2nd leg at the Emirates on January 20.