Joe Willock proved Arsenal’s penalty hero as his spot-kick noticed them previous Liverpool and into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Takumi Minamino struck the bar for the hosts on the stroke of half-time with the aim gaping in a gap interval which noticed Liverpool dominate possession, however Arsenal defended stoutly whereas often exhibiting their risk on the break.
A revitalised house aspect improved after half-time and have been denied at corners twice by two Bernd Leno saves, first from Virgil van Dijk after which from Marko Grujic, earlier than he was equally alert to maintain out Diogo Jota’s glorious management and shot.
The Gunners’ struggled to show their tempo in assault into clear-cut alternatives with Adrian’s cease from Rob Holding’s header certainly one of few moments to recollect for the Liverpool goalkeeper earlier than the sport went to penalties, the place Mohamed Elneny, Divock Origi and Harry Wilson missed from 12 yards – leaving Willock to sneak his spot-kick previous the Spanish stopper’s dive and ship Arsenal by means of to face Manchester Metropolis within the final eight.
Liverpool: Adrian (7), Neco Williams (6), Rhys Williams (7), Van Dijk (7), Milner (7), Grujic (7), Jones (6), Wilson (6), Minamino (6), Jota (7), Salah (6).
Subs: Origi (6), Gomez (6), Wijnaldum (6)
Arsenal: Leno (7), Cedric (6), Holding (6), Gabriel (7), Kolasinac (5), Ceballos (7), Willock (7), Xhaka (6), Pepe (7), Nketiah (5), Saka (6).
Subs: Elneny (6), Maitland-Niles (n/a), Lacazette (n/a).
Man of the match: Bernd Leno
Penalties once more separate duo in Carabao Cup
There was a way of deja vu about the entire event at Anfield with Liverpool internet hosting Arsenal for the second time in three days – however whereas Monday evening’s showdown had been an entertaining 3-1 win for the hosts, a rematch that includes much-changed line-ups from both aspect not often acquired going.
As well as, this was the second season in succession that the 2 sides had met – at Anfield on each events – at this stage within the Carabao Cup, however whereas in 2019/20 the 2 performed out an entertaining 5-5 draw earlier than Liverpool progressed on penalties, Minamino’s shot in opposition to the bar within the remaining minute of the opening half was the primary time both aim had come underneath extreme hazard.
Earlier than that, Eddie Nketiah had been responsible of dawdling on a presentable alternative laid on by Willock, however Adrian capitalised on his hesitancy to push the ball huge earlier than he might be examined, and from a good angle he blasted nicely over.
Minamino ought to have opened the scoring moments earlier than the break when Jota’s header from a deep cross was palmed into this path by Leno. Whereas it got here at him at pace, he ought to have discovered the again of the online quite than rattling the bar from six yards.
After the break, issues improved, however nonetheless lacked the form of spark video games between these two sides have loved in current occasions. Van Dijk’s deft stab at Grujic’s header from a nook pulled the save of the evening out of Leno, earlier than the Serbian himself went shut with a looping header from one other set play which the goalkeeper additionally handled nicely.
On the different finish, Adrian was known as into motion for the primary time when Holding acquired his head to Nicolas Pepe’s glorious supply, however he ought to have been given extra bother from the defender’s effort than the comfy save he pulled off at his close to put up.
Jota introduced down a wonderful go from midfield to show inside Sead Kolasinac and blast straight at Leno as time ran out with each side feeling penalties looming, and people emotions got here to fruition with few probabilities at both finish within the remaining 10 minutes.
Within the shootout, Liverpool drew first blood when Adrian stored out Elneny’s poor penalty, earlier than substitute Origi missed in related type with their subsequent spot-kick.
Eight different excellent penalties then despatched the competition to sudden dying – the place Wilson’s first rate effort was stored out by a positive Leno save, earlier than Willock’s spot-kick snuck underneath the goalkeeper’s dive and in, simply because the Gunners snuck by means of to the quarter-finals after a decided defensive efficiency.
What the managers stated
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp: “We lacked objectives! So many issues are totally different whenever you combine it up, in decisive positions particularly. I actually appreciated how the boys did it, there have been quite a lot of actually good performances, it might have been a Premier League recreation, it was actually good, however we lacked right here or there the final go, there was an enormous one from Diogo Jota and one other huge probability within the first half.
On Xherdan Shaqiri’s omission: “It is the time of the 12 months when issues go on within the background and you must react to that generally and that is what we did.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I used to be right here, ready, having fun with the victory and now we have now to play Manchester Metropolis the twenty second or twenty third of December, however it’s what it’s.
“There are some huge groups within the competitors and we’ll be prepared for it. We need to take each competitors as a possibility to win a trophy. We’ll go recreation by recreation.”
Man of the match – Bernd Leno
In addition to conserving Arsenal within the recreation with plenty of sturdy second-half stops, notably his alert run and save to maintain out Joto in addition to a wise response denial from Van Dijk’s low effort, Leno made two decisive saves within the shoot-out.
In addition to saving Origi’s spot kick, he additionally stored out a much better effort from Wilson with a wonderful cease all the way down to his proper, which finally noticed the Gunners by means of to the quarter-finals.
Jamie Redknapp to Sky Sports activities:
“Arsenal defensively look much more structured, much more organised. They’re defending for his or her lives, the goalkeeper was distinctive and he is acquired them working laborious – everyone seems to be shopping for into what Mikel Arteta needs.
“I have been very impressed with them and it;s going to be an excellent recreation in opposition to Metropolis. Arteta was smiling concerning the draw – they’re good buddies however he’ll nonetheless need to win!”
- Arsenal have reached the League Cup quarter-final in 4 of the final 5 seasons; this was their first penalty shootout victory within the competitors for the reason that 2013-14 third spherical at West Brom.
- Liverpool have misplaced 4 of their final six penalty shootouts in all competitions, together with two to Arsenal this season (additionally within the Neighborhood Defend).
- Arsenal are with no win in 10 visits to Liverpool throughout all competitions (D4 L6) since a 2-0 victory within the Premier League in September 2012.
- This was the primary goalless draw between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield since August 1998 within the Premier League.
- Liverpool performed out their first goalless draw within the League Cup since October 1992 in opposition to Sheffield United, and first at Anfield within the competitors since January 1982 versus Barnsley.
Monday fifth October 2:45pm
The Carabao Cup quarter-finals happen on December 22/23, with all 4 ties to be broadcast reside on Sky Sports activities.
Liverpool go to Aston Villa within the Premier League on Tremendous Sunday. Protection begins at 7pm on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Sky Sports activities Fundamental Occasion; kick-off 7.15pm.
Arsenal are additionally on Sky this Tremendous Sunday, with their house conflict in opposition to Sheffield United reside on Sky Sports activities Fundamental Occasion from 1pm; kick-off 2pm.