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Jurgen Klopp accepts Liverpool 'truth' with blunt admission after Arsenal draw

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Jurgen Klopp accepts his Liverpool side struggled for creativity in their goalless draw with Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Granit Xhaka was sent off for Arsenal at Anfield after less than half an hour, but a Liverpool team without top scorer Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Naby Keita were unable to take full advantage.

A disappointing performance saw the Reds register just one shot on target - in the 92nd minute - and Klopp concedes that his team fell well short against a disciplined Arsenal.

But in the end it's 0-0, half time, let's go.

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"I really like how we started the game, I really liked what I saw in the beginning.

And the Reds boss has called on the players to respond at the Emirates next Thursday when they are entertained by the Gunners with a place in the final up for grabs against Chelsea.
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