EFL Cup Match Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal
Date & time: October 1st, 2020 - 19:45
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Kevin Friend
It's become a bit of a trend in recent seasons for Liverpool to play a league game, shortly followed by a cup game against the same opposition.
Hopefully any changes made tonight will be reflected by Arsenal, so we'll be giving them the run around the same way we did on Monday night.
We'll almost certainly see at least 8-9 changes tonight (probably more), whilst Arsenal, with a somewhat weaker squad, may opt to make fewer changes but that all depends on the importance that the Spaniard puts on the competition.
For Liverpool, there is no doubt it is the least of our concerns. But as we showed against Lincoln, we do now have a strength in our squad that we've lacked at any time in our history.
Arteta though, will be keen for a better outcome than his side managed on Monday, things will probably be a bit more even but Liverpool will hopefully still have enough to take the win and progress.
For a lot of these players, it's their best hope of making a case for more games.
Injuries & Suspension
Liverpool do still have plenty of options available to rotate tonight, so we'll likely see an entirely changed starting XI.
But the injuries and absences of Matip, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, Tsimikas and the likes of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson (who are likely to leave over the weekend), makes any potential team tonight somewhat predictable.
No new problems - squad wise - have arisen for Arteta's side since the weekend so we'll likely see a similarly changed XI for the visitors.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (All competitions): W-W-W-W
Arsenal (All competitions): W-W-W-L
Predicted Line up
Jurgen Klopp has made his feelings about this competition clear many times before but if the side he put out against Lincoln is any indication, he is now more than happy to field a strong second XI when possible.
That's exactly how Liverpool will go tonight, with the likes of Gomez, Milner, Jota, Shaqiri and Minamino, no doubt supporting a youthful looking starting XI.
With regards Joe Gomez starting, it's an assumption that Klopp won't simply throw both Williams and Koumetio in together, up against what will still likely be a rather pacey Arsenal starting line-up. So it'll be either Joe or Virg lining up to offer crucial experience.
Predicted starting XI: Adrian, Williams, Gomez, Williams, Milner, Grujic, Jones, Elliott, Jota, Shaqiri and Minamino