Liverpool and Arsenal once again, gave us an unforgettable night of beautiful football to remember, as the Carabao Cup game at Anfield on Wednesday night, saw ten goals scored by both teams. But Liverpool beats Arsenal on penalties to advance to the next stage of the league cup.
The game started with Arsenal’s defender, Mustafi gifting Liverpool with a goal after his clearance ended up inside his net, as early as in the 6th minutes of the Carabao Cup game.
Torreira levelled for Arsenal in the 19th minutes, and Martinelli scored twice in 26th and 36th minutes to give Arsenal a 3-1 lead, before Milner converted a penalty in the 43rd minutes. Arsenal scored again, through Maitland-Niles in the 54th minutes to restore Arsenal’s two goals lead. But Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back for Liverpool in the 58th before Origi registered his own goal in the 62nd minutes.
Arsenal’s youngster, Willock put Arsenal back in the game with a sensational outside of the box volley to restore Arsenal’s lead. But Origi was not done yet, as he scored a 90+4 minute to bring the scoreline to 5-5!
The Carabao Cup game went into shootouts, after the exciting 10-goal thriller, and it was Liverpool who advanced, after winning their shootouts by 5-4.
One other thing about the two teams on the night was that they made alot of changes, allowing more young players to express themselves. But for Arsenal, Ozil who have not enjoyed enough playing time this season, was given the nod to start, as his efforts and that of his teammates were just too little to stop Liverpool from advancing to the quarterfinals of the Caraboa Cup.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports after the game, gave his players a pass mark, as he praised the young players, while alot saying there is still room for improvement for some of the mistakes he saw in the game. He said:
“We made some mistakes, we played some average passes. We were too open at times. We can talk about tactics but who cares on a night like this? I hoped for the boys they would have a game to remember. What they did tonight, I lost it really.
“It’s like a dream to play for the first time at Anfield, but things might not be going right and you have to stay on track. All our goals we cored were wonderful.
“Kelleher is an outstanding talent. The crossing from Williams, he might not thought he would play tonight.
“Jones… it was not my decision in the end for him to take the last penalty. When I saw the list Origi was the taker of the last one and they changed it obviously.
“If you don’t win nobody remembers it in three years, if it works out the boys will remember it forever.”
Arsenal manager Unai Emery also gave his assessment of his team performance on the night, while also touchng on some absentees from his team. He had this to say about Arsenal’s Carabao Cup performance at Anfield:
“A crazy match. I am very proud of their work, we had a high rhythm in the first 45 minutes. At the end we were winning until the last action. Penalties are 50/50 and we lost.
“We are sad but our work, we deserve to have more. There are lots of positives to take.
“Defensively, both teams cannot be happy with that. But for the supporters it was an amazing 90 minutes.
The result was always changing. It was spectacular.
“We can be proud of our work but not the result. Mesut Ozil is back helping us with his quality and his spirit. He played with good spirit, quality.
“It was in the plan to replace him, we had spoken about that before.
“Granit Xhaka? Now I cannot say how we are going to play on Saturday. We have to take it step by step,” he said.