Match Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal
Date & time: October 30th 2019, 19:30
Is it on: Sky Sports Football
Ref: Andre Marriner
A narrow victory over Spurs did not reflect the dominance of the Champions of Europe on Sunday afternoon. But what we saw was a Liverpool who were, at times, back to their best.
It's something we've not seen a great deal of for large parts of this season, with the Reds just content to get the job done. So perhaps going behind early plays into our hands?
Any momentum from that performance though will be tempered tonight, with Jurgen Klopp likely to enact wholesale changes to the side that put Spurs down.
We'll see something similar to the side that faced MK Dons in the previous round, with a couple of surprise inclusions expected tonight.
Injuries & Suspension
We will obviously see a completely changed 11, as Klopp has (as FSG have as well) already made it very clear how little importance he places on the domestic cups.
But as we saw in the last round, the league cup is a brilliant opportunity to give talented youngsters and squad players a chance to shine and we will see that once again tonight.
Joel Matip is obviously out until last November, early December, whilst Nathaniel Clyne is still a long-term absentee.
Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are now all fit, fresh and ready for action after a few cameos recently, so expect all three to start.
Alisson, recently back from injury, will be 'rested', with Adrian taking his place on the bench once again.
For Arsenal, the only absentee who would've been likely to start is Reiss Nelson, so he will have a fully fit squad to pick from (apart from Granit Xhaka who will be left out).
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-D-W-W
Arsenal (all comps): W-W-L-W-D
Predicted Line up
As already indicated, expect a fully-changed squad from the weekend, with Klopp keen to give many of his first-team players a good rest.
We'll see a number of youngsters in, with a mix of youth and experience, and no doubt a further host of young players taking their places on the bench as well.
Dejan Lovren and Jome Gomez are likely to start at the heart of the defence, with Kelleher taking his place in goal, as he did in the previous round.
Starting line-up: Kelleher, Williams, Gomez, Lovren, Larouci, Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliot, Origi and Brewster.