Jota’s double leads Liverpool to victory over Arsenal and the League Cup final

LONDON: Diogo Jota scored a brace leading Liverpool to a comfortable 2-0 win in Arsenal home in the League Cup semi-final return leg on Thursday, setting up an appointment with Chelsea in the final. The two teams drew 0-0 at Anfield last week, although Arsenal played most of the match in ten men after the expulsion of Granit Xhaka, but all that effort was lost today. Despite the absence of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to participate with their teams in the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool soon came under pressure and Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette hit a wood with a free kick before Jota brought the visiting team in lead in the 19th Jota doubled the lead in the 77th minute and scored the goal. After the review of the VAR after it was initially canceled for offside. Thomas Partey’s second yellow card was sent off in a disastrous night for Arsenal after committing a foul on Fabinho. Liverpool will be looking to win the League Cup for the ninth time, a record, when they face Chelsea, who reached the final by winning 3-0 overall against Tottenham Hotspur. (Reuters)