Liverpool lost 5-4 on penalties to Arsenal in the League Cup fourth round on Thursday, following a goalless draw after 90 minutes.
Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (4-5 on pens)
League Cup Fourth Round, Anfield
October 1, 2020
Jurgen Klopp‘s side took on the Gunners for the second time in the space of four days, following Monday’s 3-1 win in the Premier League.
Both managers made numerous changes to personnel and it showed, with chances at a premium in the first half, barring Takumi Minamino hitting the crossbar.
Virgil van Dijk, Marko Grujic (twice) and Diogo Jota were all denied by Bernd Leno after the break, and the latter also curled wide.
It was Adrian‘s turn to bail his side out later in the half, keeping out Rob Holding’s header from point-blank range.
The match finished goalless and a penalty shootout was needed to separate the two sides, and it was Arsenal who prevailed.
Divock Origi and Harry Wilson saw their spot-kicks saved, allowing Joe Willock to squeeze the winning effort past Adrian.
Here’s how supporters reacted to the win on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forum.
There were mixed feelings after the final whistle…
Ah, pretty gutted. Hoped our second string would make it all the way to the final. The Origi miss was the pivotal one. They’ve just missed and then that’s a weak, easily saveable effort. I preferred it when the Reds were invincible at shootouts! Now we always seem to lose them.
— Neil Docking (@NeilDocking) October 1, 2020
Didn't fancy you anyway @Carabao_Cup
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 1, 2020
“With a team like that, we should be expecting a win TBH.”
– Brian Gray on Facebook.
Couldn't care less. That was a real chore.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) October 1, 2020
Isn't it mad how times have changed?
20 years ago, 10 years ago, even 5 years ago. Would've been devo'd to go out of the cup that we found winnable.
These days, it's 30 seconds of 'ah well' and then 'right, so what's the next team we're smashing to bits in the league!?'.
— Dave T (@Dave_Tyrer81) October 1, 2020
“P****d off we’re outta this. Going to be plenty on here saying ‘it’s only the league cup’ and yes it is the bottom priority but it’s still a priority.”
– richieh_10 on the forums.
LOL not even arsed.
— GaGs ?©? (@GagsTandon) October 1, 2020
I don’t like to lose any games, but it’s a blessing in disguise if I’m honest.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) October 1, 2020
Penalties is always, and will always be, a lottery. Really feel for Harry Wilson in particular there. A lot of positives to take.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) October 1, 2020
Never feels good to lose. But let’s be realistic, the league cup at the very bottom of the priority list every season. We put out our under 23s in the quarter finals last season. It’s good for fitness, experience & a shop window. Much bigger prizes in sights for #LFC this season.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) October 1, 2020
Jota impressed on his full Reds debut, and others were also praised…
Rhys Williams looked quite comfortable alongside Van Dijk & Gomez, really solid home debut.
Grujic probably man of the match, unlucky not to score too. Was powerful in midfield.
Jota looked really bright, he's gonna be some player for us ?
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) October 1, 2020
Rhys Williams the biggest positive for me tonight. Again calm & composed all night.
Jota bright again which bodes so well for us
Grujic good but he’s not getting into our team. Time to say farewell to him & Wilson.
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) October 1, 2020
Disappointed to miss out but it was an overall good performance. We were the better team. Leno was the difference. Some very good performances from Jota, Williams, Grujic, Jones & Adrian. Wilson was average, Takumi was okay. Next up Villa on Sunday. #LFC #YNWA
— FantasticFirmino9 (@MPBFirmino9) October 1, 2020
“Jota and R Williams were outstanding.”
– Omar Turan on Facebook.
Disappointing to be out the League Cup again, want to win everything, but played alright there tonight and really should've won. Adrian and Williams made massive contributions. Thought Grujic was boss. Minamino covered every blade of grass. Jota a beast. Onto the next one ??
— ScousePower 19 (@scousepower_19) October 1, 2020
Grujic was tidy and Jota was excellent aswell ??
— Dean Walsh (@DeanWalshh10) October 1, 2020
“Honourable mention to Grujic and Jota.”
– Rooster on the forums.
Rhys and Neco fantastic. Jota brilliant again, is gonna be a star for us. Grujic proving to be a brick wall. Adrian had a fantastic few saves as well. Positives to be taken.
— SuperMane (@TheManeCode) October 1, 2020
Wilson and Origi struggled, though, beyond their penalty misses…
Harry Wilson wasn’t that good in the game. Not at all convinced that he should be in the squad. Divock Origi literally seems disinterested in playing. Horrific penalties from both of them.
Expected better from Wilson though as he is good at it.
— Utkarsh Jos (@UtkarshJos) October 1, 2020
“I think Harry Wilson will go out on loan or be sold. I don’t see him having a future at Liverpool.”
– BenRednoseKopite on Facebook.
Burnley are defo lowering their bid for Harry Wilson after that performance
— Ahmed (@ahmedIdn) October 1, 2020
At least we never have to read any conversation about Harry Wilson coming back and doing a job after a good loan spell haha
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) October 1, 2020
“Very disappointed in Wilson and Origi, anyone can miss a peno but both were poor during the game.”
– T.C.B on the forums.
Origi’s idgaf attitude was cool when he was scoring last minute goals but now he’s doing nothing it’s just annoying asf
— ?? (@TheImmortalKop) October 1, 2020
as for Origi, that run up is quite literally him in a nutshell. Opposite of a Klopp player. No intensity in any aspect
— Sean (@SeanDOlfc) October 1, 2020
starting harry wilson and playing origi in 2020 and u think we can compete in cup games ???
— Vik (@LFCVik2) October 1, 2020
Focus quickly turned to Aston Villa on Sunday…
A more-than-decent performance from #LFC's second string, who were unfortunate not to win it in the 90 minutes tonight. Arsenal owed that fact to Bernd Leno, who was also the difference in the penalty shootout. Onto Aston Villa!
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) October 1, 2020
Beat Villa on Sunday. We probably go top of the league where we might stay for the rest of the season. That's how bloody good we are. #LFC
— Geoffrey Chaucer (@GeoffreyChauc19) October 1, 2020
“Next stop, Villa Park.” – Tom Oakes on Facebook.
Oh well can’t complain. thought the lads played well especially Reece and Neco?? we go again Villa on Sunday YNWA??
— Sandy Murray????????????6? (@LfcSamdy) October 1, 2020
“On to Villa. YNWA.”
– Buster_LFC08 on the forums.
Well god help villa, that’s all’s I gotta say about that.
— Andy ? (@UpTheRedMenLFC) October 1, 2020
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