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Liverpool vs Arsenal EFL Cup Semi-Final Match Prediction

Insight and Analysis: Liverpool vs Arsenal EFL Cup Semi-Final Match Prediction

Liverpool vs Arsenal EFL Cup Semi-Final Match Prediction, Injuries/Suspension, Match Facts, Team News, Preview and Where to Watch.

The 235th H2H match between Liverpool and longtime rivals Arsenal has been rescheduled due to a Covid-related postponement of the first meeting. 

With Anfield hosting the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final between two teams dealing with Covid-related absences and important players departing for the AFCON, 

This will be their 17th League Cup meeting, making it the most hotly contested clash in the competition’s history. 

Liverpool could feel optimistic after losing only twice in the last 18 head-to-head meetings in all competitions (W8, D8 – in regulation time). 

With a 4-1 FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury, the hosts ended an unusual four-game winless streak (D3, L1 – in regulation time). 

Jürgen Klopp’s return was made possible by an experimental squad. 

With the league crown seemingly out of reach, this competition could be a good place to look for some silverware. 

Despite this, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be concerned, given the ‘Reds’ have exited the EFL Cup at this level in two of their last three attempts. 

He’s looking for his second big trophy for the club, as well as a direct route into Europe. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will want to make it to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five years. 

His side’s confidence would have been affected by an ugly FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend, as they look to return to the Emirates with something to defend. 

Expect fireworks to fly during the course of the 180 minutes, as the last five H2H matches between these two in this competition have resulted in a total of 28 goals. 

The ‘Gunners’ have taken the brunt of Liverpool’s attack in recent weeks, surrendering three or more goals in nine of their past 11 visits to Anfield.

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Players to watch 

Liverpool will be looking for a good performance from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against his previous club, as the ‘Reds’ have won all 14 games in which he has scored (including extra time and penalties). 

Arsenal will rely on Alexandre Lacazette’s experience, as 12 of his past 16 club goals have come away from home. 

Hot stat 

In 30 competitive matches this season, Liverpool has only trailed at halftime twice. 

Team News

Liverpool 

Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to training on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, but he’ll have to be evaluated again before this game. 

Andy Robertson suffered an injury in the FA Cup triumph against Shrewsbury Town over the weekend, but he is likely to be fit enough to play here if called upon. 

Jurgen Klopp will have to change things up in attack with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane out on AFCON duty and Divock Origi still injured. 

In front of Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, or Takumi Minamino will start. 

Caoimhin Kelleher may preserve his spot in goal for the cup despite Alisson’s training on Tuesday. 

Arsenal 

Nuno Tavares was sent off in the first half of Arsenal’s loss to Nottingham Forest for a bad performance, and he is unlikely to start this match. 

Mikel Arteta will have to decide whether to keep Bernd Leno in goal or go with first-choice Aaron Ramsdale. 

After missing the defeat to Forest, Arteta will expect to have both Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiasyu available. 

Prediction 

The first leg of this Carabao Cup semi-final was supposed to take place last week, but it was postponed owing to a potential COVID outbreak among the Liverpool squad. 

Arsenal must be concerned that the momentum they had generated before losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at the weekend has now vanished as they prepare to face Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday. 

Both teams will be hampered by midweek absences, notably those attending the AFCON.

Liverpool will be more optimistic about their chances than they would have been if the match had gone ahead as planned, when they would have been without an even larger number of players. 

Last season, Arsenal defeated Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup. 

But they haven’t won at Anfield in normal time since Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla scored in a 2-0 Premier League victory for Arsenal in 2012.

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