So Arsenal is required from now on. But Liverpool uses the momentary tailwind and dominates the action. The hosts obviously have to pull themselves together first.
Tooor for Liverpool FC, 0-1 by Diogo Jota
The Reds use their second chance. First, Roberto Firmino passes the hoe on to Trent Alexander-Arnold in the center circle. This makes the game fast, alludes to Diogo Jota on the left. He pulls to the middle, benefiting from Takehiro Tomiyasu slipping. The Portuguese shoots with his right foot in the center of the penalty area, but doesn’t hit the ball fully. But Aaron Ramsdale is caught on the wrong foot and can’t save anything.
In terms of game shares, the guests are in business. And since Arsenal have lost their sense of purpose on the other side, it’s now a completely open matter.
Both sides now have a good goal scene to book. But it stays that way for the time being, there are no further final actions. The action takes place between the penalty areas.
Offside goal for Liverpool! At the left corner flag, Andrew Robertson steps into action. Fabinho heads the cross from about ten meters in the direction of the goal. At the level of the left post, Joel Matip keeps the left slipper in and steers the ball into the goal from a short distance. But there is no jubilation, because it quickly becomes clear that it is an offside position.
For the first time, the Reds make a noteworthy attack from the left. Curtis Jones serves Diogo Jota – and gets the first corner for the guests.
Liverpool therefore have their hands full in their own half and are still unable to develop. Jürgen Klopp watches it calmly from the outside.
Arsenal are much more determined in their work. A ball sails into the goal area from the left, where Caoimhin Kelleher doesn’t look quite as confident. Bukayo Saka’s physical contact does not necessarily have to be blown. The Liverpool keeper gets the free kick.
Now the guests are trying to calm things down. This should happen over a lot of ball possession. However, Jürgen Klopp’s boys are not constructive at all.
Lacazette to the bar! After Andrew Robertson fouled Bukayo Saka, the hosts got a free-kick in a promising position. Alexandre Lacazette targets the top right corner of the goal with his right foot from 17 yards out. Caoimhin Kelleher puts his fingertips on the ball and directs it to the crossbar.
As a result of the corner, the Gunners get stuck in the opposing penalty area. A targeted final cation does not result from this. But the hosts immediately signal what they are planning today – and take the fans with them right away.
Gabriel Martinelli takes on two opponents on the left and takes the first corner kick of the match. The Brazilian takes the lead himself for Arsenal, but fails to find a teammate with his cross.
In London, the four degrees are manageable. But despite the predominantly cloudy sky, the professionals should be spared precipitation during the course of the game. The actors can enjoy a bulging stadium.
It was a little different at Arsenal. The Londoners had won the League Cup game against Sunderland 5-1 at home shortly before Christmas, followed by a 5-0 in Norwich on Boxing Day. The winning streak ended at the turn of the year and the Gunners have been waiting for a win ever since. On New Year’s Day they lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City in the Premier League and were eliminated a week later in Nottingham by a second-tier FA Cup side (1-0). However, a lack of players due to positive corona cases also caused games to be canceled – most recently the game at Tottenham on Sunday. Of course, Liverpool also had these problems.
To assess the current performance of both teams, let’s look at the table of the Premier League. There we have the sixth receiving the second. An impressive ten points lie between the two teams. Liverpool have been unbeaten in Leicester (0-1) 2022 since going bankrupt at the end of last year. Four games were played – at Chelsea (2-2), in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town (4-1), the first leg against Arsenal (0-0) and on Sunday in the Premier League against Brentford (3-0). The Reds’ last away wins against dates back to early December, when they won in quick succession at Wolverhampton (1-0) and in the Champions League at Milan (2-1). Since then, they have been waiting three games abroad for a complete success.
This competition, also known as the EFL Cup (English Football League) or under the sponsor name Carabao Cup, is looking for the second finalist alongside Chelsea FC. The Blues had made the leap to Wembley, where the final will take place on February 27, with two wins against Tottenham (2-0, 1-0). And after Manchester City, the serial winners of the last four years, had to bow out in the round of 16, Liverpool has the chance to become the sole record winner of the League Cup again by winning the ninth title. The last triumph dates back to 2012. Arsenal are two-time champions (1987, 1993). On the way so far, the Gunners eliminated West Bromwich Albion (6-0), AFC Wimbledon (3-0), Leeds United (2-0) and AFC Sunderland (5-1). The Reds prevailed against Norwich (3-0), Preston North End (2-0) and Leicester City (5-4 on penalties).
There are three changes on the home side compared to the first leg. Mikel Arteta is without Cédric Soares (first leg injury) and Granit Xhaka (first leg red card) and has Eddie Nketiah on the bench. In return, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Martin Ødegaard and Emile Smith Rowe slip into the London starting XI. We also compare Liverpool to the first leg, although unlike the Gunners, the Reds have played one competitive game in the meantime. Jürgen Klopp places Caoimhin Kelleher in goal instead of Alisson, who will sit on the bench. James Milner and Takumi Minamino are also seated there. Curtis Jones and Kaide Gordon are moving into Liverpool’s starting lineup. So there are also three changes for the guests.
Welcome to the League Cup! In the English League Cup, the last semi-final second leg is scheduled at 20:45 CET. The game between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC was originally a first leg and was supposed to take place on January 6th. Due to the postponement of exactly two weeks caused by Corona, the actual second leg has now taken place in Anfield and ended 0-0. That looks like a good starting position for the Londoners who are hosting today.