Liverpool failed to make the most of Granit Xhaka’s red card in the 24th minute as Arsenal lost a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday night.
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Takumi Minamino’s Liverpool career “capped it up” with his shocking 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Thursday night, according to Jamie Carragher.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was unable to make the most of Granit Xhaka’s red card in the 24th minute as the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final ended 0-0 at Anfield.
The hosts missed Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who are absent from international service in the African Cup of Nations, as Minamino, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino hit only one shot on goal between them.
This was up to 10 Arsenal players, who saved from Alisson via Bukayo Saka in the second half.
Despite their faltering performance, Liverpool should have taken a one-goal lead into the second leg in north London next Thursday.
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The best chance of the match was against Minamino, who provided an open goal after Aaron Ramsdale’s exit but failed to clear Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross.
With Ramsdale, Rob Holding and Albert Sambi Lukonga on the ground, Minamino had an excellent opportunity to shoot the ball.
However, the Japan international couldn’t stand it as he veered backwards and fired a wild half-volley over the crossbar.
“He panicked, bumping into her and hitting her with his tie,” Carragher explained on Sky Sports.
“If he shows some composure, he waits for the ball and puts it to the side.
“But in short he summed up Liverpool tonight and he also summed up Minamino’s career with Liverpool.
“It never happened to him. He didn’t really do much in a Liverpool shirt and that sums it up.”
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Minamino was one of the players set to go up while Mane and Salah miss the Africa Cup of Nations, but he failed to make an impact on Thursday night.
Liverpool signed the 26-year-old striker from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2019 after paying his £7.25m release clause.
He struggled to break into Klopp’s side and contributed only nine goals and three assists in 46 appearances for the club.
Klopp refused to focus on Minamino’s lethality and instead admitted that Liverpool did not create enough chances overall against 10 players.
“It looked like we were under pressure. It doesn’t make sense but it’s human,” he said.
“You go there to win. It’s tough against a well-trained squad. We didn’t create enough, we didn’t do a lot of things not good enough. But in the end it was 0-0, half the time, let’s go.
“I know we can play better, we know we have to play better. I liked a lot of things, but the overall result was not good enough.
“This is the reality of this match and we have to accept it.”