Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

The second of the Carabao Cup’s semi-finals will belatedly get underway this evening as Liverpool host Arsenal in the first leg of their tie at Anfield.

The first leg was due to be played at the Emirates Stadium last week, but was postponed due to a number of positive Covid tests in the Liverpool camp, which Reds boss Jurgen Klopp subsequently claimed included “a lot of false-positives”.

That has been a cause of some frustration to Arsenal, who have their own availability and injury issues as they look to bounce back from the weekend’s dismal FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

The winner of this two-legged tie (the second leg is set for next Thursday) will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on February 27 after Thomas Tuchel’s side wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham last night.

You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

Live updates

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65 mins: Arsenal have survived the first 20 minutes of the second-half. Bad news is, there’s probably the best part of half an hour left, including added time.

Jones fouled by White and Liverpool are back on the attack.

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62 mins: Lacazette the latest to go to ground as he tries to win a soft-free kick for his side. Michael Oliver not having any of it.

Gabriel then has to slide in to stop the ball reaching Henderson on the right-hand side of the box.

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60 mins: Matip down, screaming for a free-kick as Saka stretches to challenge. Nothing given.

Alisson then off his line quickly to clear the danger. Matip still furious with the referee about that decision. Curtis Jones on for Liverpool as they make their first sub – Milner off.

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58 mins: Brilliant from Saka to hold the ball up and then win the free-kick as Robertson pulls him back. Left-back is shown the yellow card.

Rare chance for Arsenal to bring the defenders up. Saka takes it, decent ball but Alisson gets it away.

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56 mins: Anfield faithful in fine voice, trying to urge their side forward. Arsenal hanging in there, looking solid in their shape… so many bodies in central areas.

Alexander-Arnold goes over the top towards Minamino, but Ramsdale is out to claim.

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Simon Collings at Anfield

Arteta and his coaching staff are super animated on the touchline. They are giving out loads of encouragement and urging the players on. Four of five of the coaches applaud Tierney after his run forward.

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53 mins: Tierney flies forward to intercept a pass before it can get to Alexander-Arnold.

Worked out to Chambers on the right who swings a cross into the box. Nobody there, and it’s not a great ball anyway.

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50 mins: Good break from Arsenal after Van Dijk gets caught out. Saka drives into the box and works it onto his right-foot, but the shot is blocked.

Matip did well to force Saka outside, didn’t let him cut onside onto that left foot.

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49 mins: He had a couple of promising bursts forward in the first-half, but that shot from Matip suggests that he should be focusing on laying the ball off rather than going for goal himself.

25 yards out, and it’s ballooned miles over the bar.

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47 mins: Tierney takes about 30 seconds before the throw-is eventually lobbed forward. He’ll get another chance to do the same.

Minamino then breaks away down Arsenal’s right, and he breezes past Chambers. Attempted cross has Ramsdale desperately back-peddling…. wasn’t far away from landing right in the top corner.

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