Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal: Hosts frustrated by 10-man Gunners in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg

No Premier League player has been sent off more times in all competitions than Granit Xhaka (5) since his first season at Arsenal in 2016-17

Liverpool were left frustrated by 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Anfield.

Granit Xhaka was dismissed after 24 minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity – the Swiss midfielder catching Diogo Jota with a high challenge on the edge of his penalty area as he attempted to cut out Andrew Robertson’s pass.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could not punish Arsenal further from the resulting free-kick, however, and the visitors produced a resolute defensive display to leave on level terms.

Despite coming under intense pressure it was Arsenal who registered the first shot on target 71 minutes into the contest, but a poor first touch by Bukayo Saka allowed Alisson to smother the England international’s shot at close range.

Takumi Minamino blazed over the crossbar when faced with an open goal with Liverpool’s best chance of the match in the closing stages.

The second leg takes place at Emirates Stadium next Thursday at 19:45 GMT.

The winner will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley at the end of February, after Thomas Tuchel’s side completed a 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

1Alisson

66Alexander-Arnold32Matip4van Dijk26Robertson

14Henderson3Fabinho7Milner

20Jota9Firmino18Minamino

1Alisson66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forN Williamsat 76’minutes32MatipSubstituted forGomezat 76’minutes4van Dijk26RobertsonBooked at 57mins14Henderson3FabinhoSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 75’minutes7MilnerSubstituted forJonesat 61’minutes20Jota9Firmino18MinaminoSubstitutes5Konaté12Gomez15Oxlade-Chamberlain17Jones21Tsimikas49Gordon62Kelleher76N Williams80Morton

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

32Ramsdale

17Cédric Soares4White6Gabriel3Tierney

23Sambi Lokonga34Xhaka

7Saka9Lacazette35Martinelli

30Nketiah

32Ramsdale17Cédric SoaresSubstituted forChambersat 11’minutes4White6GabrielBooked at 72mins3Tierney23Sambi Lokonga34XhakaBooked at 24mins7SakaSubstituted forTavaresat 81’minutes9Lacazette35Martinelli30NketiahSubstituted forHoldingat…..

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