(Liverpool-Arsenal 0-0, 4-5 after penalty shootout) German Bernd Leno (28) saved more than Liverpool’s Spanish Adrian (33) in the actual match and penalty shootout – and took Arsenal on from the fourth round and to the quarterfinals of the league cup.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claimed before the league cup settlement at Anfield that his London team had adjusted “things” as a result of the league match defeat for Liverpool (1-3) at the same place last Monday –
– But you are aware of the level you have to keep, individually and collectively, emphasized Arsenal’s Spanish head coach.
Liverpool’s German manager Jürgen Klopp chose to start with a team consisting of evenly over young players. He had made nine changes compared to the starting lineup three days ago. Van Dijk and Salah were the only ones left, so to speak. Arsenal was not much “worse”: Eight players out of the previous battle, only Leno, Holding and Xhaka left.
Liverpool initially seemed perhaps the most affected by all the changes, in the form of drones in the back rows. Nor the usual “massive pressure” offensively, according to Viasat commentator Morten Langli. His Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher remarked for his part – after about half an hour – “Arsenal have done really well”, considering “The Gunners” defensive discipline.
However, Minamino should have made it 1-0 just before the break.
– Klopp feels that they are about to get the match into their tracks, Petter Veland thought from his place in Viasat’s expert studio after 45 minutes.
Colleague Jan Åge Fjørtoft thought Arsenal had “held well”, and Liverpool had created “few chances”.
Somewhat anemic in the first place, in other words. : «Criminally bad».
Equally unlucky and zero goals in the second would result in a penalty shootout (extra innings only in the semifinals and final). After six minutes, Liverpool led 4-0 in the number of corner kicks. In connection with the latter, the ball went towards the head of Virgil van Dijk, who hit it so well that the header almost gave Liverpool the lead.
Then Jota fired off with his right foot; Liverpool had established a pressure on Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The German saved well again, this time a hard ground crawler from Grujic. After that, Liverpool changed sharply, as Viasats Langli saw it – among other things by pulling Virgil van Dijk out of the settlement. But that did not change the battle scene.
– Leno da! One TV rescue after another, Morten Langli exclaimed after a series cannonade from the home team.