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Liverpool's shortcomings without Salah, Mane give Arsenal hope

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(1:28) LIVERPOOL, England -- If there was ever any doubt over the importance of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to Liverpool, Takumi Minamino provided the only proof you need in the 90th minute of the club's goalless Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg draw against Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday.

"Any team would miss Salah, Mane and [Naby] Keita," Klopp said.

While it is no surprise that they are not the same potent force without Salah and Mane, Liverpool's impotence against Arsenal will worry Klopp, both in the immediate term and going forward.

But Minamino isn't in the same league as Salah or Mane.

Granit Xhaka gets sent off in the first half, but Liverpool can't find a goal as the first leg finishes 0-0 at Anfield.

Minamino, handed a starting role by manager Jurgen Klopp due to the absences of Salah (Egypt) and Mane (Senegal) on Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) duty, had the opportunity to make himself the match-winning hero by scoring from 10 yards in the final seconds.

It won't be easy, but with Salah and Mane still missing, Arsenal will now believe they can finish the job.
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