Mikel Arteta’s & co. will trip to northwest England to lock horns with Liverpool at Anfield for the rescheduled first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday night.
The Gunners will be aiming of put Sunday night’s defeat at Nottingham Forest behind them quickly when face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield this evening.
After ended last years in a perfect ways, Mikel Arteta’s men yet to claimed victory this year although they’re played just two matches. Firstly lose against Mancheseter City in the Premier League before defeat at Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.
Concerning this competitions, Mikel Arteta’s men have enjoyed a smooth run to the semis – scoring 16 goals in four victories against West Bromwich Albion, Wimbledon, Leeds United and Sunderland.
Liverpool on the other hand, win one in their last three league matches, but Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded eight successive wins at Anfield after beating Shrewsbury Town 4-1 in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Norwich City, Preston North End and an inspired Leicester City outfit have all fallen to the Reds’ superiority in the EFL Cup this season, but the eight-time winners – who last won the tournament in 2012 – are unlikely to be cheered on by the neutrals this weekend.
Liverpool Team News and Tactics
Jurgen Klopp have received huge boost concerning the situation of Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Reds pair test positive for coronavirus but both expected to return action this evening.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations while Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, Thiago Alcantara and Nat Phillips are all set to miss the clash due to injury.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Bradley, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Gordon, Jota, Minamino
Arsenal Team News and Tactics
According to latest reports, Mikel Arteta set to without Emile Smith-Rowe, Martin Odegaard, and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Both Smith-Rowe and Tomiyasu missed last weekend defeat at Nottingham Forest due to tight groin and tight right calf respectively.
There’s a possibility of return to action this evening but according to Goal Smith-Rowe and Tomiyasu including Martin Odegaard will miss the contest.
Granit Xhaka is likely to return to action while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe remain absent because of Africa Cup of Nations.
Also Gabriel Magalhaes makes a timely return from suspension.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Lokonga, Patino; Saka, Xhaka, Martinelli; Lacazette
Date, kick-off time and venue
Liverpool vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 8:45pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
The match will be play at Anfield stadium
Where to watch Liverpool Vs Arsenal
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.