Liverpool have been eliminated from the Carabao Cup following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Arsenal.

It was a dour game which eventually finished 0-0. Despite the defeat, Liverpool can still hold their heads high with a number of impressive performances from a much-changed Reds side.

While the match lacked the same tempo and intensity that saw Liverpool run out 3-1 winners on Monday, both teams still produced a highly competitive game with both sides indebted to the outstanding performances of both goalkeepers.

Liverpool had their chances to score but were constantly thwarted by the brilliant Bernd Leno while Adrian also produced a number of important saves to keep Arsenal at bay.

Here is our pick of Liverpool’s best players on the night…

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Liverpool v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal battles for possession with Marko Grujic of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic was the standout performer in midfield for Liverpool.

The Serbian international utilised the ball extremely well and was an imposing figure in the defensive midfield role for the Reds.

Grujic was one of the rare examples on the night who looked to take the game to the opponent. He attempted more shots (7) than any other Liverpool player and was unlucky to be denied by Leno on multiple occasions.

On the ball, the 24-year-old was a class act, and he boasted a pass success rate of 88 per cent, which again was more than any other of his Reds teammate.

Defensively, he was just as influential, making five tackles and three interceptions while winning three of his offensive aerial duels according to WhoScored.

While his future remains in doubt given his persistent transfer links, Grujic has demonstrated that he is an extremely talented player in the two cameo appearances he has made in the past seven days.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is challenged by Rhys Williams of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Byrne – Pool/Getty Images)

Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams was hugely impressive against Lincoln City last week but being thrown at the deep end against Arsenal was a huge show of faith from Klopp.

The 19-year-old certainly repaid his manager’s trust with another commanding performance at the back. He was totally dominant in the air and ice-cool in possession.

Partnering Van Dijk and then Joe Gomez in defence, Williams was a class act from start-to-finish as Liverpool kept a clean sheet.

Williams was alert to danger and was quick to nullify the Arsenal threat while making a number of expertly timed tackles with the pick of the bunch occurring on the left byline which saw the teenager perfectly timed to deny Bukayo Saka.

He made four clearances, two interceptions and won six of his aerial duels – more than any player on the pitch.

Williams was safe in possession, making 68 passes, again more than any Liverpool player, completing 74 per cent of his passes.

He has put forward a strong case that he should be considered in future domestic cup matches.

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Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian makes a save from Arsenal’s English striker Eddie Nketiah during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 1, 2020. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/AFP via Getty Images)

Adrian

Adrian was absolutely outstanding for Liverpool deputising for the rested Alisson Becker. The Spaniard made an array of impressive saves and also made a vital stop to thwart Mohamed Elneny in the penalty shoot-out.

He was commanding in his box and constantly delivered when called upon. Adrian was desperately unlucky not to save Joe Willock’s winning-penalty which just slid under the goalkeeper’s stretched hand.

It was another strong audition from Adrian who made decisive saves in big moments foiling Eddie Nketiah in the first half and Rob Holding in the second, his composure always astounds.

 

 

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