Liverpool gave away a key advantage in the EFL Cup by as their fixture at Arsenal was postponed. The Reds will hope to battle back.
It’s easy to see why Arsenal fans didn’t want their game against Liverpool postponed. Here was a chance to play an EFL Cup semi-final against a severely weakened side – one that didn’t even have their manager.
Liverpool got their way, though, and Thursday’s fixture didn’t happen. That took away Arsenal’s chance at a major advantage, which was undeniably a blow to them. We won’t pretend there wouldn’t be any disappointment if the roles were reversed.
But that didn’t reset things. In fact, we think Arsenal still get an advantage from all of this.
Liverpool give up advantage to Arsenal
When the draw was announced, Liverpool actually came off better than Arsenal. They had the second-leg at home, which is traditionally an advantage.
Winning your Champions League group earns you home advantage for the second leg, after all. It means you get to play the game-defining match in front of your own fans – as well as any possible extra-time or penalties.
Arsenal vs Liverpool will now take place on January 20th, making it the second leg of the tie. It’s a small but potentially important advantage that the Reds have given up here – and one we think the Gunners should be thankful for.
No, they don’t get to play against Liverpool’s Under 15s but they did get something out of the situation. They’re in a better position than if this game had gone ahead as normal, without all of the Reds’ absences.
It’s certainly not so much that Liverpool’s chances of progression have drastically fallen but it does make things more difficult. Advantage Arsenal, then?