Bernd Leno was back to his brilliant best as Arsenal booked a quarter-final clash with Manchester City in the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory at Anfield.
Having suffered at the hands of a relentless Liverpool on Monday the Gunners were a lot more assured and prepared this time round as they controlled the first half.
However, the hosts came out firing after the break but found Leno in inspired form with the German stopping everything that came his way.
The shot-stopper continued that form into the penalty shoot-out with two saves before Joe Willock squeezed the ball under Adrián to seal Arsenal’s progression.
There were wholesale changes for both sides. Leno, Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka kept their places as Mikel Arteta made eight chances while Jürgen Klopp only included Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah from Monday night.
The Gunners took the lead in the first game and they almost did so again when Nico Pépé broke down the left and his low cross was directed into the path of Eddie Nketiah by Joe Willock but the English youngster hesitated and allowed Adrian to narrow the angle.
Pépé and Bukayo Saka looked dangerous in possession on the left-hand side but failed to really create any clear-cut chances while Liverpool soaked up the pressure before unleashing a late blast on the Arsenal goal. Leno did well to keep out a Diogo Jota header but was lucky to see Takumi Minamino’s follow-up smash the crossbar.
The German was in the thick of the action early in the second half as the Reds upped the ante. Jota could have had a hat-trick while Marko Grujić headed a great chance wide before Leno tipped a close-range effort from van Dijk round the post.
Arsenal were hanging on but a rare foray upfield almost resulted in a goal but Adrian kept out Rob Holding’s header.
Leno was a constant barrier between Liverpool and the lead but there were minimal chances in the final stages and the game went into a penalty shoot-out.
Alexandre Lacazette, Cédric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pépé all scored from the spot with Mo Elneny the only player to be denied for the visitors. However, Leno stepped up to save from Divock Origi and Harry Wilson allowing Willock to net the winning spot-kick and set up a last-eight tie with Pep Guardiola.