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Carabao Cup 2020-21 Summary: Liverpool vs Arsenal

Arsenal Fc (The Gunners) beat Liverpool Fc (The Reds) 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 on Full Time.

As a result, the Gunners entered into the Fifth Round of the Carabao Cup 2020-21.

Only Divock Origi and Harry Wilson were the ones to miss the penalty shots for the Reds.

The game can be best remembered for the heroics of the Gunners Goalkeeper Bernd Leno who pulled off numerous saves to deny the Reds.

Before the match began, Xherdan Shaqiri was withdrawn due to an interest from other clubs. Jürgen Klopp recalled only Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk from the Starting XI of the Sunday Night game.

Unlike last Sunday Night match; the Reds were not penetrative in their attack.

Both sides had plenty of opportunities squandered in the first half. Despite having majority possession, the Reds could not convert them into goals. The Reds almost looked like breaking the deadlock after Curtis Jones tamely shot the ball directly to Leno in the first half.

In the 45th minute Takumi Minamino had his shot hit the post from close range.

Later in the second half, Leno produced stunning saves to deny Van Dijk’s header (51st minute) and Jota’s shot (56th minute).

With both sides looking unlikely to break the deadlock, the game sauntered to a 0-0 on Full Time. The Reds would then go on to lose 5-4 on penalty shootouts.


Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)


Adrián – 6: Made 2 saves but the ball distributions and ball clearances were clearly below par. The Spaniard showed why he is nowhere near the standards of Alisson Becker.

Nico Williams – 6: Much better performance than the Lincoln City Fc match but still did not look anywhere near threatening while going forward. Defensively looked compact however.

Rhys Williams – 7: Fine performance from the youngster as he made many headed clearances and interceptions.

Virgil Van Dijk – 7: Commanding performance by the towering Dutch. Later was replaced by Joe Gomez in the 61st minute.

James Milner – 7: Industrious and always looked to shake up the lethargic Reds attack but the Reds attack just went to snooze mode.


Harry Wilson – 5: Conceded possessions and the performance kept diminishing as the match went on. Missed the penalty shootout. It would wise for the Reds to consider selling the Welsh instead of Shaqiri.

Marko Grujić – 6: Decent performance with neat passes and distribution of ball but lacked the incisive passing that was required to break down a team that is sitting deep.

Curtis Jones – 5: Like Wilson, looked out of sorts. Besides the tame shot to Leno in the first half, the Rabona kick and easily conceding possessions were the match highlights of the young man’s performance. Very below par performance by the youngster.


Diogo Jota – 7: Could not continue to impressive performance from the last match. Had a shot brilliantly stopped by Leno in the Second Half. Later was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 61st minute.

Takumi Minamino – 5: Picked up a yellow card for a rough tackle on the Gunner’s player in the First Half. Had one shot that hit the bar in the First Half. Looked jaded in the second half. A below par performance by the Japanese.

Mohamed Salah – 6: Lively and threatening but was not the best performance by the Egyptian as he looked exhausted from the last match. Later was substituted for Divock Origi.


Joe Gomez – 7: Defended well in place of tired Van Dijk.

Divock Origi – 5: Looked out of sorts and out of place. Missed the spot kick like Wilson.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5: Lacked the drive to get the Reds attack moving. Another meaningless wasted substitution instead of bringing on Fabinho.


Jürgen Klopp – 5: It’s understandable to ring the changes after last Sunday Night Match against the same opponents but brining on Origi in place of Jota raised serious eyebrows.

Especially, persisting with Wilson until the end of the match was baffling. By fielding an inexperienced Line-up, Klopp continues to show his apparent disdain for the English domestic competitions.

For Mikel Arteta and the Gunners, winning any Domestic Trophy this season represents success for their club.

The Reds would need to quickly shrug of this match disappointment before heading off to play against the hosts Aston Villa Fc on 04 October 2020 (at 8:15 p.m (BST)).


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