H2H Records | Arsenal vs Liverpool previous League Cup meetings

Here is a look at the H2H records for games played between Arsenal and Liverpool in the EFL/League/Carabao Cup. The two sides will do battle at Anfield tonight, and have met 11 times previously in this competition, with the Reds holding a slight advantage over the Gunners, as can be seen below. We’ve also included starting lineups for those games- a nice trip down memory lane!

Some of these meetings, especially after the turn of the century, have produced PLENTY of goals- 9 in the 2007 clash, and 10 last year.

1977/78 Semifinal first leg (February 7, 1978)

Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (Dalglish 26, Kennedy 81 | MacDonald 13)

LFC lineup: Clemence, Hughes, Smith, Thompson, Neal, Kennedy, McDermott, Case, Heighway, Fairclough, Dalglish

AFC lineup: Jennings, Nelson, O’Leary, Young, Rice, Rix, Price, Hudson, Brady, Stapleton, MacDonald

1977/78 Semifinal second leg (February 14, 1978)

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

1988/89 Third Round & Two Replays (November 2, 9 and 23 1988)

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (Barnes 66 | Rocastle 72)

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (McMahon 61, Aldridge 67 | Merson 26)

LFC lineup: Hooper, Staunton, Ablett, Nicol, Venison, Spackman, Whelan, McMahon, Houghton, Bardsley, Rush

AFC lineup: Lukic, Winterburn, Adams, Bould, Dixon, Rocastle, Thomas, Marwood, Richardson, Merson, Smith

1989/90 Third Round (October 25, 1989)

Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool (Smith 80)

AFC lineup: Lukic, Winterburn, Adams, O’Leary, Dixon, Hayes, Thomas, Rocastle, Richardson, Merson, Quinn

LFC lineup: Grobbelaar, Burrows, Ablett, Molby, Watson, Barnes, Whelan, Houghton, McMahon, Venison, Rush

1994/95 Quarterfinal (January 11, 1995)

Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal (Rush 59)

LFC lineup: James, Bjornebye, Scales, Ruddock, Babb, Jones, Redknapp, Barnes, McManaman, Rush, Fowler

AFC lineup: Seaman, Winterburn, Bould, Linighan, Dixon, Hillier, Schwarz, Parlour, Jensen, Campbell, Wright

1996/97 Fourth Round (November 27, 1996)

Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (McManaman 26, Fowler 39 & 52, Berger 72 | Wright 13 & 68 pen)

LFC lineup: James, Bjornebye, Ruddock, Babb, Wright, McAteer, Thomas, Barnes, Berger, McManaman, Fowler

AFC lineup: Lukic, Winterburn, Adams, Bould, Dixon, Vieira, Keown, Platt, Merson, Wright, Hartson

2006/07 Quarterfinal (January 9, 2007)

Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal (Fowler 33, Gerrard 68, Hyypia 80 | Aliadiere 27, Baptista 40, 45+6, 60 & 84, Song 45+2)

LFC lineup: Dudek, Aurelio, Hyypia, Paletta, Peltier, Warnock, Guthrie, Gerrard, Gonzalez, Bellamy, Fowler

AFC lineup: Almunia, Djorou, Hoyte, Toure, Traore, Denilson, Fabregas, Baptista, Song, Aliadiere, Walcott

The 2007 clash was the first time in 77 years that Liverpool had conceded six at home, and manager Rafa Benitez had to apologise for their poor defensive show in the hammering. Continue reading “H2H Records | Arsenal vs Liverpool previous League Cup meetings”

Ref analysis- Arsenal have won only 1 of their last 6 under referee for Liverpool EFL Cup clash

The referee for Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Liverpool has been announced as Kevin Friend, but the Gunners’ recent record under him doesn’t exactly make for good reading! The 49-year-old Friend will be assisted by Adrian Holmes and Simon Beck, with Paul Tierney as the fourth official.

In their last six games with Friend in the middle, Arsenal have won only one. It’s the exact opposite with Liverpool- they’ve lost only one of their last six games that Friend has refereed.

Arsenal record under Kevin Friend | Last 6 games | all competitions

Everton 0-0 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)

Everton 1-0 Arsenal (2018/19 Premier League)

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (2018/19 Premier League)

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)

Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)

Liverpool recent record under Kevin Friend

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (2019/20 Premier League)

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (2019/20 Premier League)

Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield (2018/19 Premier League)

West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)

Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea (2018/19, EFL Cup)

Liverpool’s last defeat under Friend, as you can see above, was in the EFL Cup two seasons ago- they lost 2-1 to Chelsea. Continue reading “Ref analysis- Arsenal have won only 1 of their last 6 under referee for Liverpool EFL Cup clash”

16th Community Shield, Lovely Auba goal, Ice cool AMN & More- Talking Points from Arsenal v Liverpool

Arsenal claimed their 16th Charity Shield title as they beat Liverpool on penalties to win the traditional curtain raiser to the English league season. It was a nice way to end August for Gunners gaffer Mikel Arteta after having added the FA Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet earlier in the month.

Here are our talking points from the fixture.

Lovely Aubameyang goal: Arsenal’s goal was a thing of beauty. They played it out from the back and completely tore Liverpool apart- not many teams have been able to do so against Jurgen Klopp’s defensively well-organised Reds in recent times. Bellerin and Saka both played important roles in the move, and the Aubameyang finish was simply marvellous.

Reckon we could see more of this when the league season starts- this was a glorious example of Arteta ball.

Ice cool Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal slotted all five of their penalties in the shootout, but the pick of them was from Ainsley-Maitland Niles, who epitomised cool with his spot kick. He also turned 23 on the day of the game, and was named Man of the Match. A great to celebrate your birthday!

The Marriner factor: Interestingly enough, the three AFC LFC games with Marriner at the helm before this had all ended in draws. And so did this one, rather fascinatingly. A nice stat for the trivia oriented and betting folks perhaps? Continue reading “16th Community Shield, Lovely Auba goal, Ice cool AMN & More- Talking Points from Arsenal v Liverpool”