Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Says Draw With Arsenal Is ‘Not Good Enough’
Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his side’s performance in their 0-0 Carabao Cup draw with Arsenal on Thursday night ‘was not good enough.’ The Reds were unable to find a way past their opponents in the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield, despite enjoying the luxury of having a one-man advantage for well over an hour.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after 24 minutes after Granit Xhaka had caught Diogo Jota with a high foot on the edge of the area.
Referee Michael Oliver deemed Xhaka to have denied the hosts a goalscoring opportunity and gave the Switzerland international his marching orders.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was unable to give the hosts the lead with the resulting free-kick as Arsenal showcased a tenacious desire to stifle the Reds.
Liverpool dominated as they put the visitors under huge pressure in their search for an opening goal.
But it was the Gunners who registered the first attempt on goal with less than 20 minutes remaining as Bukayo Saka’s shot was smothered by Alisson.
Takumi Minamino should have won the game for Liverpool late on but blazed over the crossbar when presented with an open goal.
And the game ultimately ended in a stalemate as Liverpool were held to their first goalless draw of the season.
“I thought we really started well,” Klopp said after the final whistle. “I liked it – it was how I wanted to start.
“We would’ve preferred to have scored the goal instead of them getting a red card.”