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Liverpool frustrated by impressive Arsenal rearguard after Granit Xhaka sent off - live reaction 

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Has the balance of this tie shifted in Liverpool's favour?

In an alternative reality, Arsenal could have arrived at Anfield this evening with a healthy first-leg lead after beating a weakened Liverpool team soundly at the Emirates.



Under Klopp, Liverpool have scored more goals against Arsenal in all competitions (43) than they have vs any other opponent, while Diogo Jota has five in his last seven appearances against them.



Liverpool have some key players back - including Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold - and Arsenal now have to manage their resources to stay in the tie for the second leg and manage energy levels before a hugely important game at Tottenham on Sunday.



With away goals not a factor, a low-scoring draw or even a narrow defeat might be an acceptable outcome for the visitors who will hope to be in better health for the second leg.

Both clubs are weakened by the Africa Cup of Nations with Liverpool missing Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita and Arsenal feeling the absence of Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (depending on how you view his squad status) and Mohamed Elneny.

Arsenal are also without Takehrio Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard for tonight's game so you would say advantage Liverpool.
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