They say lightning doesn’t strike twice on the same spot. But maybe this time, it does…..
The Carabao Cup has seen some pretty tight fixtures over the last couple of weeks since it kicked off, but no other fixture has quite rocked the English league cup like the Liverpool-Arsenal match up
It’s already the third time the two sides were meeting this season, having already faced off in the community shield and most recently a league fixture; which ended in Arsenal being completely dominated.
Liverpool were clear favorites to win, considering they had the home advantage; with Anfield being infamous for shutting out opponents with its tense atmosphere.
Both sides fielded very much changed squads, focusing more on their younger players with the addition of a few older squad members.
The 90 minute spell saw chances come and go, with Liverpool looking more likely to take the lead on many an occasion; but for Arsenal goalie Bernd Leno, conceding was not in his agenda
The shot stopper pulled an amazing night of high end saves, and the same could be said about his Liverpool counterpart Adrian, leaving the fixture ending goalless at the end of regular time.
As they say, penalties are anybody’s game. For the second time this season, the Liverpool and Arsenal fixture had to be decided by a shootout, and what a shootout it was.
Things looked to be going in Liverpool’s favor after goalkeeper Adrian put a stop to M. Elneny’s spotkick but Divock Origi failed to convert with Leno returning the favor.
Leno would yet again pull a MasterClass, stopping loan returnee Harry Wilson’s penalty, before Joe Willock slotted a cheeky one past Adrian to send Arsenal off to the next stage 4-5 on penalties.
This marks the second time Arsenal edge Liverpool out on penalties; the first being the Community Shield fixture which ended 1-all after regular time and 5-4 on penalties in favor of the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta’s side now face another tough ride, as their progression leaves them facing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, who will be looking to avenge last season’s FA Cup defeat to the Gunners.
Other Round 8 fixtures of the Carabao Cup will see Everton host Manchester United, Newcastle paying a visit to Brentford, and Stoke City playing hosts to José Mourinho’s Tottenham.