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Bernd Leno the hero as Arsenal prevail against Liverpool in drab Anfield sequel

Sometimes the sequel doesn’t quite match the first movie.

Especially if the second instalment has a very different cast.

The same can be said for a Carabao Cup clash just three days after an entertaining Premier League duel between these two sides it seems.

This fourth-round tie was no blockbuster that is for sure.

But Arsenal got the ending they wanted this time as they reached the League Cup quarter-finals thanks to a penalty shootout win.

Keeper Bernd Leno was the hero for them as he saved two from Divock Origi and Harry Wilson.

Bernd Leno was Arsenal’s hero at Anfield
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While Joe Willock stepped up to creep one under Adrian and secure a second win on penalties for Arsenal over Liverpool this season after their Community Shield victory back in August.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated Mikel Arteta’s men on Monday when they won 3-1 here at Anfield.

But the Reds made nine changes last night while the Gunners had eight different faces on show.

It made for a disjointed game from both sides after so many switches, particularly in the first half.

There were some moments but it was largely dull.

Arsenal had a good chance when a break saw Nicolas Pepe cross that found Eddie Nketiah.

Bernd Leno pulled off some top saves even before the shootout

But the Gunners striker hesitated and it allowed Adrian to close him down.

Curtis Jones tried his luck from distance but his strike was straight at Gunners keeper Leno.

While his rabona attempt would have been the highlight of the half for the Reds.

That was until Diogo Jota forced Leno into a good save that was only pushed towards Takumi Minamino.

The Kop forward somehow cracked the rebound off the bar.

Liverpool’s second string looked the hungrier to impress but they couldn’t find a breakthrough.

Virgil van Dijk did start and he forced Leno into a great save after he turned a header down towards goal with the outside of his…