In the league, Liverpool and Arsenal are separated by seven points, but only two places. It would be third against fifth today if the game were played in the Premier League. Actually, the first leg of this semi-final pairing should have been completed anyway, had Corona not thwarted the LFC. Now the Reds have to travel to London in the second leg in a week’s time. The Anfield Road team has been criticized in the past few days because some infected people are said to have had false positive results. However, Liverpool does not have to fear too many consequences.
Coach Mikel Arteta “only” makes five changes in his starting XI for the guests from north London. Tierney, Gabriel, Xhaka, Lacazette and keeper Ramsdale are new to the field following the disappointing FA Cup defeat by Nottingham. After the two bitter setbacks against Manchester City and Nottingham, the Gunners can suddenly improve the atmosphere with a place in the final. Great rivals Chelsea would eventually be waiting there – a North-West London derby in the final would be possible.
After surviving the Corona chaos, LFC coach Jürgen Klopp has set up the best possible eleven for the first game of this semi-final pairing. The German trainer made eight changes compared to the 4-1 win in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town at the weekend. Trent Alexander-Arnold returns to the starting eleven after surviving the Covid infection, and established greats such as Jordan Henderson, Firmino, Diogo Jota and James Milner are back on the pitch. Regular goalkeeper Alisson should also be able to gather match practice again after his Covid infection, the Brazilian pushed Caoimhin Kelleher, who was actually intended for the cup, to the bench.
Welcome to the League Cup semi-final first leg between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC! Kick-off is at 8:45 p.m.!