Liverpool vs Arsenal Live, Team news, stats and how to watch ahead of Liverpool vs Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Thursday
Controversy shrouded the postponement of the EFL Cup semifinal first leg between Arsenal and Liverpool last week, with the battle at the Emirates pushed back thanks to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Liverpool squad.
Here’s are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
- Date: Thursday, Jan 13. | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Anfield — Liverpool, England
- Live stream: ESPN+
After it was later revealed that the Reds dealt with a number of false positives, the first leg is now set for Thursday at Anfield as the Reds and Gunners will finally take the field. Aside from those departing for the Africa Cup of Nations, both managers have relatively fit squads for the matchup.
A spot at Wembley is on the line over the course of 180 minutes, as both sides look to take an advantage back with them to London for next week’s finale. Chelsea is already confirmed as the first finalist, so the victor from this two-legged matchup will move on to face the Blues.
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Arsenal and Liverpool are dead even throughout their history in this competition, with both sides holding six wins plus four draws on the books, so bragging rights also are on the line. Liverpool dominated the last meeting between the two sides, a 4-0 Premier League romp in late November.
Liverpool: Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recovery from coronavirus will be a large boost to a Liverpool side in need of attacking reinforcements without Salah. The match will come too soon for Harvey Elliott but he will also return to first-team training soon. As Liverpool faces Brentford in the league on Sunday, they can play a strong side here with minimal worries as Jurgen Klopp chases another trophy.
Arsenal: The Gunners will have wanted to play this match as originally scheduled considering that their team is now weaker than a few days ago. Add in a last-second loss to Manchester City along with an FA Cup upset to Nottingham Forest and morale couldn’t be lower for Mikel Arteta’s side. It will all be on Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli’s shoulders along with a strong defensive performance to get this done. Arsenal hasn’t fared well against top six sides this season but this is another chance for a statement victory.