Liverpool miss chance



Stuff NZ Newspapers


If Granit Xhaka getting sent off cameas no real surprise, Arsenal holding out with 10 men at Anfield certainlywas a shock. Liverpool failed to take advantage of Xhaka’s 24th-minute red card for a chest-high lunge on Diogo Jota and were held to a 0-0 drawby Arsenal in the first leg of the English League Cup semifinals yesterday. With star forwardsMohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool lacked a cutting edge up front against an already-depleted Arsenal team that lost twomore players – Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka – to injury during the game. It was Xhaka’s second red card of the season – the otherwas in a 5-0 loss at Manchester City in the Premier League when Arsenal’s defence proceeded to fold. Not this time.