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country flag League Cup Round 1/2 Final (2)
Thu 20 January 2022 19:45
Referee
Martin Atkinson
Weather at KO
weather icon Clear  3oC | Precip: 0% (0 in) | Wind 7.7 mph
Draw Format
ET, PKs
Travel Info
1/2 hour plane
Distance
275 KM

Arsenal

Last updated: Fri 21 January 2022 11:03
In Brief

Sunday's derby was postponed due to injuries and Covid-19 cases within the Arsenal squad. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out with health issues. Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny are away at AFCON. Granit Xhaka is suspended. Six players are doubtful through injuries. Martin Odegaard could miss out due to COVID-19.

Looking Back

Grabbed hard-fought 0-0 draw against Liverpool last Thursday, as they managed to hold on at the Anfield despite going down to 10 men early in the first half after Xhaka's sending off.

Looking Ahead

Key striker Aubameyang was stripped of captaincy and he's raining individually due to internal disciplinary matter. Joined up with his national team for AFCON, but he was sent back due to health issues. New captain Alexandre Lacazette is covering for him.

Backup forward Pepe and backup midfielder Elneny are away on AFCON duty.

Problem in midfield as Xhaka is suspended, Thomas Partey will return from AFCON this week, Emile Smith Rowe is doubtful through injury and Odegaard could miss out due to COVID-19. Albert Sambi Lokonga is the only fully-fit first-team midfielder. He could play alongside youngster Charlie Patito if Smith Rowe and Odegaard miss out.

Problem at right-back too, as starter Tomiyasu and backup defender Cedric Soares are both doubtful through injuries. Calum Chambers could fill in.

Starting forward Bukayo Saka suffered from fatigue against Liverpool. Should be fit for this one.

Manager Comments

Coach Arteta refused to give any team news in the press conference prior the game.

Liverpool

Last updated: Fri 21 January 2022 11:03
In Brief

Grabbed comfortable 3-0 victory over Brentford on Sunday. Harvey Elliott is lacking match fitness. Missing the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nat Philipps, Divock Origi and Thiago Alcantara. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are away at AFCON.

Looking Back

Lacked creativity and registered just one shot on target against a 10-man Arsenal in the first leg at Anfield last Thursday. First time they failed to score on home soil this season.

Looking Ahead

Young midfielder Elliott has returned to training after recovering from long-term injury. Lacking match fitness.

Backup centre-back Philipps is sidelined through a knock.

Sometimes starting midfielder Thiago is out due to a knock.

Big problem in attack, as Salah and Mane are away at AFCON. Diogo Jota, Minamino and Roberto Firmino could play upfront.

Sometimes starting midfielder Keita is away at AFCON.

Backup striker Origi is out through injury. Liverpool have no attacking options on the bench.

Backup midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out through injury.

Points of Interest

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 games against Arsenal in all competitions (8W, 8D, 1L).

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Transfer in
  • Miguel Azeez (mid) Portsmouth - end of loan
Transfer out
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles (mid) Roma - on loan; Folarin Balogun (att) Middlesbrough - on loan; Sead Kolasinac (def) - Marseille; Deyan Iliev (gk) released
Probable Bench
Transfer in
  • Miguel Azeez (mid) Portsmouth - end of loan
Transfer out
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles (mid) Roma - on loan; Folarin Balogun (att) Middlesbrough - on loan; Sead Kolasinac (def) - Marseille; Deyan Iliev (gk) released

Liverpool

Last updated: Fri 21 January 2022 11:03
In Brief

Grabbed comfortable 3-0 victory over Brentford on Sunday. Harvey Elliott is lacking match fitness. Missing the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nat Philipps, Divock Origi and Thiago Alcantara. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are away at AFCON.

Looking Back

Lacked creativity and registered just one shot on target against a 10-man Arsenal in the first leg at Anfield last Thursday. First time they failed to score on home soil this season.

Looking Ahead

Young midfielder Elliott has returned to training after recovering from long-term injury. Lacking match fitness.

Backup centre-back Philipps is sidelined through a knock.

Sometimes starting midfielder Thiago is out due to a knock.

Big problem in attack, as Salah and Mane are away at AFCON. Diogo Jota, Minamino and Roberto Firmino could play upfront.

Sometimes starting midfielder Keita is away at AFCON.

Backup striker Origi is out through injury. Liverpool have no attacking options on the bench.

Backup midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out through injury.

Points of Interest

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 games against Arsenal in all competitions (8W, 8D, 1L).

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