After the first stage in the Emirates was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic in Liverpool last week, the first stage is now finally ready to start, this time at Anfield on Thursday.
The Reds finally have a working team to compete with, as many players have returned from seclusion of COVID-19. In fact, according to manager Jurgen Klopp, many positives in the camp were found to be false positives, which means that the group will have a number of players considered eligible.
Arsenal will be motivated to compete because they know Liverpool’s form has declined recently and the Reds may be vulnerable. The Gunners, on the other hand, are in great shape and the silver is within reach. The second match is scheduled for January 20 at the Emirates and the team that advances to the final on February 27 will face Chelsea, which eliminated Tottenham Hotspur.
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Arsenal could comment in the match, but the Gunners will have to do so with an exhausted midfield, as AFCON deprives the team of first team selections and the enemy crowd at Anfield buzzes about Liverpool’s return. This could be fun for neutrals.
How to watch Liverpool Vs. Arsenal
- Date: Thursday, January 13
- Time: 2:45 PM ET
- Streaming: ESPN + (subscribers only)
Thursday’s match of the first match between Liverpool and Arsenal from Anfield in the semifinals of the EFL Cup will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN + in the United States.
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Expected sets Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only Liverpool player still in COVID-19 isolation, which means the Reds are almost back on the virus-free team. Young Conor Bradley he may be the one to intervene because he has already earned a start in the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town. Keeper Alisson is included in the group of returnees who previously missed a time with a positive test for COVID-19.
Still, like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, a Naby Keita all are in service with AFCON 2021 and an injured group Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, Thiago, a Nat Phillips join them on the list of unavailable players. So the Reds are not completely healthy, although the COVID-19 cases are disappearing.
That means young players love it Curtis Jones and Kaide Gordon they could not only enter the party, but they could see the field.
Expected Liverpool line-up (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) – Bradley, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas – Henderson, Fabinho, Jones – Gordon, Jota, Minamino.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both are in AFCON 2022 service, which means that the center of the Arenal field is extremely thin. This could lead to time on Charlie Patino and Albert Lokonga in the middle of the field. Gunners also seems to be solving COVID-19 issues, however Granite Xhaka proved to be suitable, which is a great boost. Takehiro Tomiyasu is reportedly still out with a calf injury, ie Cedric Soares steps back right again.
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Late news updates also merged the two Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe as out, with Smith Rowe, who failed to recover from a groin injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup last weekend, and Odegaard with a new addition to the unpublished injury roster. Arsenal thus remains without the number 10, but the mentioned Xhaka could represent himself in this role with the young men behind him.
Another question for Mikel Arteta is who to step forward as a striker. Eddie Nketiah was one of the options in cup matches in the recent past, but was poor at losing the EFL Cup to Nottingham Forest and that could lead to Alexandre Lacazette return.
Expected basic line-up of Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) – Tierney, White, Gabriel, Cedric – Lokonga, Patino – Saka, Xhaka, Martinelli – Lacazette.
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Both teams are less than healthy as Liverpool tries to put together the front line and Arsenal is forced to dive into the academy’s products to create pairs in the middle of the advance. As a result, we have less ability to predict how the match will turn out, especially as both teams have slipped in recent weeks.
Liverpool’s league standings have been hit hard in recent weeks, with several risky appearances during the holiday season. Arsenal, meanwhile, lost to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup over the weekend, leaving Gunners out of the competition in the third round.
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So with that in mind, it’s harder to find valuable holes. Looking at their recent good league form, Arsenal beat the bad teams, giving almost 3.0 xG in each of the games against Norwich City, Leeds United and sliding West Ham, plus other good performances against Newcastle and Southampton. However, when she faced competition in the highest competition, he did not succeed. Against Man City, Arsenal was a healthy beat of 2.31-0.80 xG despite a close 2-1 score, and Manchester United’s beat was also a fair statistic.
Considering the last time these two teams competed, a 4-0 move from Liverpool at the end of November, which stood out with a difference of 3.50-0.33 xG, Liverpool’s support against the Arsenal team without beating its entire center seems to be like a game. It could be a goal holiday with youth bugs all over the field.
Choice: Liverpool to win and more than 1.5 goals (+130)
Forecast: Liverpool 2: 1 Arsenal
- Moneyline: Liverpool +100 / Draw +275 / Arsenal +260
- Extension (Asian Handicap): Liverpool -0.5 (+100) / Arsenal +0.5 (-115)
- Total O / U 2.5 goals: Over -140 / Under +120
- Both teams will score: Yes -165 / No +125