Match: Arsenal vs Liverpool
Date: January 20, 2022
Stadium: Emirates Stadium, London (England)
Competition: League Cup
Kickoff time: 19:45 (UTC/GMT+1, local time)
arsenal take on Liverpool in the all-important second leg of their delayed Carabao Cup semi-final tie tonight.
The match is expected to go ahead, with the Gunners still having plenty of issues but in a better situation than last weekend, when their request to have the north London derby clash with Tottenham postponed was granted by the Premier League.
This game at the Emirates was originally supposed to be the first leg, but was switched after initially being called off as a result of Liverpool’s Covid-19 outbreak.
The semi-final tie is finely poised following a remarkable opener at Anfield last week that saw depleted, 10-man Arsenal valiantly battle for a goalless draw despite a rash of injuries and Granit Xhaka’s latest inopportune red card.
And while Mikel Arteta’s side have not played since, Liverpool took their frustration out on Brentford, easing past the Bees 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
Chelsea await in the final at Wembley on February 27 after overcoming London rivals Tottenham in their semi-final clash.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off tonight – Thursday January 20, 2022.
The match will be played at Emirates Stadium in north London.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog. Simon Collings will be on location at the Emirates.
Arsenal vs Liverpool team news
It remains to be seen exactly who will be ready for Arsenal, with Arteta coy on team news at his pre-match press conference but admitting his side still have issues.
Martin Odegaard is back in training after recovering from Covid-19, while the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu will all be pushing to play after knocks.
Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers both picked up injuries at Anfield last week.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in London for tests after being sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations early due to health issues, but Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny are still at the tournament.
Ghana’s early exit means Thomas Partey could be back for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley, meanwhile.
As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is still missing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita due to AFCON.
Thiago Alcantara is expected back in team training after the international break, while Harvey Elliott has stepped up his comeback from a fractured ankle.
Divock Origi is also nearing a return from a knee injury and Liverpool are hopeful that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s latest issue is only short-term.
Arsenal vs Liverpool prediction
Much is likely to depend on the strength of the team Arteta is able to field here after Sunday’s controversial postponement.
Arsenal rightly received plenty of plaudits for keeping Liverpool at bay for more than an hour with 10 men on Merseyside, but they must now make sure those efforts were not in vain.
Liverpool have inevitably lacked that attacking spark at times with no Salah or Mane, although got back into the groove against Brentford.
Arsenal held their nerve in a penalty shootout against the same opposition to reach the quarter-finals last season and you get the feeling this tie could also go all the way through to spot-kicks after another tense affair.
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal wins: 81
Liverpool wins: 92
Arsenal vs Liverpool: TV Schedule
Sky Sports Main Event; Sky Sports Football
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