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Liverpool Left Frustrated By 10-Man Arsenal In EFL Cup Semi-Final

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Liverpool and Arsenal both failed to make their mark on first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, as they aim to book their place in the final. 

The merseyside club were left frustrated by 10-man Gunners over 90 minutes.

Granit Xhaka was sent off in the 25th minute for a last ditch desperate tackle on Diogo Jota, which was deemed to have denied him a clear goal scoring opportunity.

The first shot on target – which did not come until the 70th minute – saw Bukayo Saka fail to put Arsenal ahead after pressure from Alisson in goal.

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Perhaps the opportunity of the game came late on, when Takumi Minamino was faced with an open goal before firing his effort well over the bar.

A man-of-the-match performance from Ben White saw the Gunners become the first away club to keep a clean sheet at Anfield since 2019.

Liverpool gave up the home advantage when they requested an initial postponement due to Covid-19 cases, meaning the ball is well and truly in Arsenal’s court next time round.

The second leg will unfold at 19:45 GMT on January 20.

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