Starting on 13 January 2022 at 19:45 UTC, Liverpool will face Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England.
Start date: 14 Jan 2022 01:15
Head to Head Record
FT: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview
When news of Liverpool’s apparent COVID-19 epidemic forced the first leg at the Emirates Stadium to be postponed, Arsenal fans were less than impressed, and Jurgen Klopp’s revelation that most of the Reds’ cases were false positives has allegedly not gone over well with many a club in the country.
Liverpool could face an investigation into their batch of false positives, with such a large number regarded almost improbable, yet Shrewsbury Town were defeated 4-1 in the FA Cup at the weekend, thanks to a mix of youth and experience on the pitch.
Kaide Gordon scored first, before Fabinho’s brace and Roberto Firmino’s cheeky backheel helped Liverpool avert a massive defeat.
Mikel Arteta’s team could have avoided a humbling if Arsenal had performed like they did against Nottingham Forest in the first leg at the Emirates, as the Championship club deservedly advanced in the FA Cup at the cost of the record 14-time champions.
Arsenal’s second-string XI lacked imagination at the City Ground on Sunday night, and were eventually defeated by Lewis Grabban’s late winner.
Such a loss was certain to damper Arsenal’s spirits a week after they put in one of their best performances of the season against Manchester City, and the Gunners have now lost four of their previous six away games in all competitions.
Liverpool Team News
Alisson Becker should be back in training this week after a COVID-19 infection, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also back in training after a positive COVID-19 test.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita are all abroad at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi, Thiago Alcantara, and Nat Phillips are all expected to miss out due to injuries.
Gordon is likely to start again on the right flank this week, but Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota are both expected to return to the starting lineup.
Arsenal Team News
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, and Nicolas Pepe are all still out, but Gabriel Magalhaes returns from suspension just in time.
Granit Xhaka’s availability is still in doubt owing to coronavirus, while Folarin Balogun has completed a loan move to Middlesbrough, while Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury concerns persist.
Eddie Nketiah has a history of scoring in the EFL Cup, but the 22-year-poor old’s performance in the FA Cup might prompt Arteta to recall Alexandre Lacazette.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Bradley, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Gordon, Jota, Minamino
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Lokonga, Patino; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
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