It’s the battle of the second eleven; this game will prove which team has greater squad depth –Liverpool vs Arsenal
It’s yet another meeting between these two great teams and this time, it’s a Carabao cup fourth-round match at Anfield. A fortnight ago, Liverpool FC were 3-1 winners over the Gunners in a premier league match, and tonight also promises to be another goal feast match. At this same stage last year, these two sides met and the match produced a 10-goal thriller, with the scoreline being 5-5 at full-time, the Liverpool were successful in the penalty shoot-out. Tonight’s game sees a drastic change to the two teams that lined up here on Monday night.
Jurgen Klopp has always preferred to field younger players in the cup Competition, giving rest to his first-team players, so it will be no surprise to see him do the same tonight. On the treatment table still lies Oxlade-Chamberlain, Captain Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, while new signing Tiago Alcantara is yet to play a full 90 minutes game for the reds due to being diagnosed positive to Coronavirus.
Possible Line-up (4-3-3); Adrian, N. Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Grujic, Jones, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Minamino, Jota.
The Gunners will be without Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, and Pablo Mari. Bukayo Saka was not used against Liverpool in the Premier League match a fortnight ago so we expect him to be involved fully in this one. New goalkeeping signing Runarsson is yet to make his debut, so we expect to see him between the sticks. Mesut Ozil’s inclusion is still in doubt as the club continues to keep the player on exile despite Ozil claiming in midweek that he’s fit. Hence, we expect Dani Ceballos to pull the strings in midfield.
Possible Line-up (3-5-2); Runarsson, Holding, Magalhaes, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Ceballos, Saka, Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE GAME:
Going by previous meetings in this cup between these two sides, it will be worth nothing that plenty of goals will be scored in this match. It’s just a matter of which team outscores the other.
OUR PREDICTION: Liverpool FC 3 – 2 ARSENAL FC
Match Preview by Patrick Alexander