Liverpool irritated by Arsenal in first leg in spite of early Granit Xhaka red card and return of big names

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Despite naming his greatest side possible, Jurgen Klopp couldn't mastermind a win in Liverpool's reorganized League Cup semi-final with Arsenal.In a game that saw Granit Xhaka sent off for carrying down Diogo Jota, the Reds had a hard time to break down the 10 men of North London, who defended resolutely to guarantee that the aggregate score line of this cup tie stayed goalless prior to the reverse fixture at the Emirates next week.

Liverpool controlled procedures, as one would anticipate with a man benefit. Nevertheless, they never ever truly taken the chance to actually bare their teeth, as the lack of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane because electrical front three appeared.Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson contributed in most of the hosts' method play, but the right-back was compromised in the last quarter of an hour as he continues his healing from COVID-19.

It was a game of couple of chances for either side truly; Bukayo Saka came closest for Arsenal as Alisson Becker smothered a chance at his feet after an excellent burst from left-back Kieran Tierney.

Ben White made an essential interception on an Andy Robertson cross that appeared like it would be turned goalward by Roberto Firmino, and Takumi Minamino dragged a shot wide of Aaron Ramsdale's far post as the hosts kept knocking on the door.Minamino skied an open goal chance right at the last with the net at his grace, but as the ball landed high in the Kop, it simply summed the Reds' performance up.

However absolutely nothing would materialise for them; Arsenal held firm in their back five shape, and escape from Anfield with a goalless draw.

TALKING POINT - LACKLUSTRE LIVERPOOL, ADMIRABLE ARSENAL

When you've fielded your strongest 11 readily available, you ought to actually be beating a side who have been forced to play an hour of football with ten men.

But Arteta's side persisted; dazzling in their defensive work and strong in their structure to eke out the draw, frustrating the house supporters who groaned their aggravations at the full-time whistle.

Minamino's late miss was the epitome of the efficiency - toothless - but the Gunners held on for that important tidy sheet that sets up the one-legged shootout at the Emirates next week.

MAN OF THE MATCH - BEN WHITE, ARSENAL

A rock at the back and still confident on the ball when pressed greatly, the former Brighton defender stood up to the task and revealed his qualities, producing a crucial block and interception in either half to keep his side's sheet tidy.

He was helped by Rob Holding and Calum Chambers aerially, however that should not take away from the efficiency from this man, who truly shut his critics up in one of the most popular cauldrons around.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Alisson 6, A-Arnold 7, Matip 6, van Dijk 7, Robertson 6, Fabinho 6, Henderson 6, Milner 5, Minamino 6, Firmino 7, Jota 6, Jones 7, Chamberlain 6, Gomez 6, Williams 6.

Toolbox: Ramsdale 5, Cedric 5, White 8 *, Gabriel 7, Tierney 7, Xhaka 4, Lokonga 7, Lacazette 7, Martinelli 6, Saka 7, Nketiah 6, Chambers 6, Holding 6, Tavares 6.

CRUCIAL MOMENTS

13': SO CLOSE! Minamino's cross from the left ... Firmino! The ball simply dribbles wide of the far post as Ben White makes a crucial interception.

23': RED CARD! Granit Xhaka is adjudged to have actually been the last man and rejected a goalscoring opportunity as he transports Jota down under the high ball with a high foot, however Michael Oliver does not mess about and produces the red. Arsenal down to 10.

72': CLOSE FOR ARSENAL! Saka is regrettable after a great ball and dart from Tierney, and Alisson smothers him!

90': OPEN GOAL OPPORTUNITY!!! Minamino skies an open goal opportunity at the death as Ramsdale comes charging out of his goal, and he snatched the effort, firing high into the Kop.

90': MORE URGENCY! Liverpool banging on the door as a driven Williams shot is cleared by Ben White. Robertson tries to rally the Kop as Liverpool return.

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