Liverpool defeats Arsenal and sets up a date with Chelsea in the League Cup final
Diogo Jota scored a double to lead Liverpool to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the second leg of the League Cup semi-finals on Thursday, setting a date with Chelsea in the championship final.
The two teams drew 0-0 at Anfield last week, although Arsenal played most of the match with ten men after Granit Xhaka was sent off, but all this fatigue was lost today.
Despite the absence of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to participate with their teams in the African Nations Cup, Liverpool came under early pressure and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the woodwork with a free kick before Jota put the visiting team ahead in the 19th minute.
Guta doubled the lead in the 77th minute and scored the goal after reviewing the VAR after it was initially canceled due to offside.
Thomas Partey’s second yellow card was sent off on a disastrous night for Arsenal after fouling Fabinho.
Liverpool will seek to win the League Cup for the ninth time, a record, when they face Chelsea, who reached the final by winning 3-0 on aggregate against Tottenham.