Liverpool vs Arsenal LIVE: Carabao Cup updates

Liverpool vs Arsenal LIVE: Carabao Cup updates
Follow all the action from the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield

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Follow all the action as Liverpool host Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

Due to the initial postponement of this fixture, owing to a number of suspected Covid cases within Liverpool’s squad that were later deemed to be false positives, the other semi-final tie has already been settled, with Chelsea cruising past Tottenham to secure their spot at Wembley next month. Jurgen Klopp will still have to make do without the two stars of his squad, though, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both competing in the African Cup of Nations, although the likes of Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota are now available for selection again after recovering from injury.

Mikel Arteta clashed on the touchline in Klopp when the two sides met in the Premier League earlier this season, with the altercation stirring an intense atmosphere at Anfield as Liverpool went on to win 4-0. The Spaniard will be keen to avoid a repeat of that fate as he chases a second piece of silverware as head coach but is juggling several injury problems of his own, particularly in midfield where Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard are all unavailable. Follow all the latest updates below:

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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

81 mins: Half chance for Liverpool as Jota sweeps in from the left before setting Henderson up with a shot from range. The Liverpool captain doesn’t catch his effort well though and leans back as he makes contact with the ball meaning he hoofs it well over the crossbar.

Saka comes off now for Arsenal with Tavares the man to replace him.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:23
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

78 mins: As Saka hobbles off the pitch, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta both issue orders to their captains. This has been a good defensive display from Arsenal and Klopp looks frustrated as he chats to Henderson.

Nuno Tavares is getting ready to come on for Arsenal but for now Saka is going to continue.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:21
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

75 mins: Changes for Liverpool as Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come on to replace Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho.

Sakahas a touch of cramp and stays down after the substitutions are made. If he’s not badly hurt it’s a good time-wasting tactic from the Arsenal winger.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:19
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

72 mins: Chance! Arsenal come close to an unlikely goal as Kierna Tierney brings the ball down the left side and whips a cross into the area. Saka drifts inside from his position on the right wing and brings the ball down. He can’t control it properly and Alisson comes flying out to recover the ball.

He sends it up the pitch to Diogo Jota who has a free run towards the Arsenal box. This looks like a good chance for the Reds but Gabriel is quickly across to cover and hacks Jota to ground earning himself a yellow card.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:17
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

70 mins: Arsenal have possession in the Liverpool half now. Chambers sends a cross in from the right wing but Van Dijk is there to deal with it. His clearance gives the ball to Saka though and he weaves back into the penalty area before having a cross of his own blocked in the box, The Arsenal fans appeal for handball but there’s no appeal from the players.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:15
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

67 mins: It’s a wall of blue shirts camped on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area as Liverpool try to find their way through with Minamino bringing the ball down the left wing. He hits one from range but doesn’t come anywhere near scoring.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:12
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

64 mins: Firmino and Henderson combine to work the ball down the right wing. Henderson tries to feed the ball into the box but he’s tackled by Lacazette who bursts for for Arsenal. There’s no one ahead of him and he just buys his team a few minutes without having to defend.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 21:11
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

54 mins: Alexander-Arnold steps inside from the right and gets the ball. He passes it across to Milner who fails to bring it under control and allows Chambers to clear the danger. His clearance comes up to Lacazette and for a moment Arsenal look threatening on the counter-attack until Matip closes down the Arsenal forward and wins back the ball.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 20:59
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

51 mins: Liverpool are missing that spark in front of goal without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. They’re dominating possession with Arsenal sitting in deep but haven’t found a way to challenge Aaron Rasmdale yet. James Milner hits one from range and boots it high and wide.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 20:55
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Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal

48 mins: Good pace from Minamino to work the ball away from Chambers in the middle of the pitch. He sprints away from the Arsenal defender and chips a cross into the box. The cross looks to by dipping into the far corner and has Ramsdale worried. The goalkeeper comes out to flap at the ball but misses it and luckily for Arsenal the ball bounces wide of goal.

Michael Jones13 January 2022 20:52

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