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Clinical Jota Sends Liverpool To League Cup Final

Liverpool will meet Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final after defeating Arsenal 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday night.

Carabao Cup

Result: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (0-2 on aggregate)

Date: 20 January 2022

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Emile Smith-Rowe and Tomiyasu were recalled to the Gunners line-up, while Andrew Robertson was making his 200th appearance for the Reds who decided to start Kelleher over Alisson Becker.

Kelleher was called into action inside the opening five minutes to keep out a curling free-kick from Alexandre Lacazette on the edge of the box that seemed destined for the top corner.

While Arsenal did all the attacking, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when Diogo Jota cut in from the left before firing home with a scuffed effort.

The Gunners continued to threaten after that, with Gabriel Martinelli looking particularly dangerous down the left flank but the hosts struggled to force Kelleher into another save in the first stanza.

The hosts had a big chance to restore parity shortly after the break when Lacazette was slipped through on goal, but the French striker sent his effort over the crossbar.

Liverpool went even closer on the hour mark when Ibrahim Konate's towering header rattled against the woodwork while Jordan Henderson was denied by Aaron Ramsdale on the rebound.

Mikel Arteta opted for two changes with 15 minutes left on the clock as Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey introduced, with the latter just recently returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty.

However, the Reds got the second goal in the 77th minute as Trent Alexander-Arnold's long pass found Jota who controlled well before lobbing Ramsdale to seal their spot in the final.

The clash ended on a sour note for the North London outfit as Partey's cameo only lasted 15 minutes as he was sent on 90 minutes after picking up his second yellow card.

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