Football League Cup Semi-finals
Jan 13, 2022 KO: 19:45

Liverpool - Arsenal

Anfield Liverpool
Referee: Michael Oliver

Match preview

Trent to return? How Liverpool and Arsenal could line up in League Cup clash

Both Liverpool and Arsenal will be without a number of first team players due to the African Cup of Nations for this League Cup tie

Liverpool and Arsenal are set to lock horns in the English League Cup on Thursday night and both Jurgen Klop and Mikel Arteta will be forced to shuffle their squad to accommodate a number of absentees.

For the home side, Klopp should have a largely fit squad to pick from with a few notable exceptions.

In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold And Alison are back from isolating with COVID but this game is likely to come too soon for the pair. As such, Caoimhin Kelleher is likely to remain in goals, with a back four of Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and James Milner at right-back.

Thiago Alcantara remains out with injury and Naby Keita is on international duty, so in midfield we’re likely to see Klopp go with a midfield trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones.

Similarly, Liverpool are still without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah due to the African Cup of Nations, so Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should make up the club’s attacking trio on the night.

Like Liverpool, Arsenal are also missing a number of first team players because of international duty.

In defence we should see the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu at right back, with Ben White and Gabiel in the centre and Keiran Tierney on the left. Aaron Ramsdale should retake his spot between the posts.

The absence of Thomas Partey in midfield is likely to be tackled with a duo of Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka, with Emile Smith Rowe returning from injury to take up his spot in the No.10 position.

In attack, Arsenal are without Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, so Alexandre Lacazette is likely to lead the line, with Bukayo Saka on the right and Gabriel Martinelli on the left.

How Liverpool and Arsenal could line up in League Cup

Match statistics

Liverpool
Statistics
Arsenal
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
13
Draws
3
2
Losses
2
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
53
42
Goals Per Game
2.65
2.10
More > 2.5 Goals
14
12
More > 3 Goals
13
8
Scored First in a Match
14
17
Scored Both Halves
12
8
Won More > 1 Goal
10
11
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
19
18
Did Not Score
1
3
Both Teams Scored
10
8
Kept Clean Sheet
9
10
Won Without Conceding
9
9
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
17
15
Shots on Target
6.00
5.79
Goals out of Shots
0.16
0.13
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
1.81
2.12
Penalties
0.15
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.45
0.50
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
7.35
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.21
4.42
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
9.00
Yellow Cards
0.90
1.05
Red Cards
0.05
0.00