Arsenal vs Liverpool News, Stats and Predictions
|Premier League 21/22||Norwich City||0 – 5||Arsenal FC|
|December 21, 2021||EFL Cup 21/22||Arsenal FC||5 – 1||Sunderland AFC|
|December 18, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Leeds United||1 – 4||Arsenal FC|
|January 2, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Chelsea FC||2 – 2||Liverpool FC|
|December 28, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Leicester City||1 – 0||Liverpool FC|
|December 26, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Liverpool FC||0 – 0||Leeds United|
|December 22, 2021||EFL Cup 21/22||Liverpool FC||3 – 3||Leicester City|
|December 19, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Tottenham Hotspur||2 – 2||Liverpool FC|
|Arsenal FC||Liverpool FC|
|21||Shots on goal||12|
|12||Shots off goal||15|
|46%||Average ball possession||65%|
|15||Goals by foot||12|
|1||Goals by head||1|
|Arsenal FC||Liverpool FC|
|1.59||Average Goals Scored||1.91|
|November 20, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Liverpool FC||4 – 0||Arsenal FC|
|April 3, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Arsenal FC||0 – 3||Liverpool FC|
|October 1, 2020||EFL Cup 20/21||Liverpool FC||0 – 0||Arsenal FC|
|September 28, 2020||Premier League 20/21||Liverpool FC||3 – 1||Arsenal FC|
|August 29, 2020||Community Shield 2020||Arsenal FC||1 – 1||Liverpool FC|
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Match preview
Will Arsenal stay on course for some silverware in 2022?
Somewhat surprisingly, the Gunners have only ever won this trophy twice before, beating Liverpool in 1987 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.
Since then, they’ve lost in three finals, 2007, 2011 and 2018, to Chelsea, Birmingham City and Manchester City respectively.
However, their run to the semi-finals this season could hardly have been more straight forward, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once.
The put six past West Bromwich Albion before home wins over AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United, 3-0 and then 2-0.
Then, in December’s quarter-final, League One side Sunderland were swatted aside 5-1; Eddie Nketiah bagged a hat-trick, all inside the six-yard box.
So, Arsenal are through to their ninth major semi-final in nine seasons.
They’ve actually won their previous six domestic cup semis, last losing one in the FA Cup against Chelsea in 2009.
More pertinently, they’ll come into this heavyweight clash full of confidence following a good recent run of results.
In December, Mikel Arteta’s side won four successive Premier League games, beating Southampton, West Ham, Leeds and Norwich.
With the Sunderland win in between the emphatic victories at Leeds and Norwich, Arsenal scored 4+ in three successive games for the first time since September 1991.
Their winning run was then eventually ended on New Years’ Day by Manchester City, losing 2-1 in dramatic and controversial circumstances.
The hosts enjoyed a shock half time lead against the champions, through Bukayo Saka’s well-taken finish, but it all fell apart in a few chaotic minutes.
Man City were given a very soft penalty, which was converted, Gabriel Martinelli then hit the post and, seconds later, Gabriel was shown a second yellow card.
With only ten-men, Arsenal so nearly clung on to a point, only for the Citizens to snatch a winner in the 93rd minute.
Despite this heartbreaking, frustrating and infuriating defeat, they are still fourth in the table, desperately trying to cling on to that all important spot.
Their next league game, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 16 January, will be crucial.
Before then, they’ll want to make progress in cup competitions.
In between these two legs with Liverpool, the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, the side who beat them at the same juncture four years ago.
But, having already got this far, Arsenal will fancy their chances of reaching the League Cup Final and ultimately lifting the trophy.
With the second leg to come at Anfield in seven days time, will the Gunners be travelling to Merseyside with a first leg lead?
Will Liverpool leave London with a first leg lead?
As for Liverpool, they’re England’s second-most decorated club with 65 major honours to their name, one less than great rivals Manchester United.
They’re also the joint-record winners of the League Cup with eight and have been hugely successful under Jürgen Klopp.
The German has won four major trophies as Reds’ boss, including the Champions League and Premier League, but hasn’t enjoyed much success in domestic cups.
In fact, since Klopp’s arrival, they’ve won just 19 of 37 domestic cup matches and this is their first semi-final for five years.
To get here, they demolished Norwich City and Preston North End away before winning a thrilling quarter-final against Leicester.
The Foxes led 2-0 and then 3-1 at Anfield with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and then Diogo Jota keeping the tie alive.
Then, in the 96th minute, Takumi Minamino struck, making 3-3, thereby forcing a penalty shootout.
James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta all scored and the hero of the night Minamino had the chance to send his team through.
However, the Japanese forward went from hero to zero, clipping the cross-bar.
Caoimhín Kelleher then saved his second of the shootout with Jota stepping up and, this time, Liverpool were through.
So, for the third successive season, Arsenal and Liverpool will meet in the League Cup.
In 2019, they played out an exhilarating 5-5 draw with Liverpool winning on penalties.
12 months later, the two met again at the same stage but this tie finished goalless with Arsenal claiming victory in the subsequent shootout.
One was played in front of 52,694 supporters and the other zero; you’ll never be able to guess which is which.
Coming into their latest meeting, Liverpool are actually winless in three league games, their longest such run since February.
On Sunday, they played out a barnstorming 2-2 draw with Chelsea, in which they led 2-0 through Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.
This was preceded by another brilliant 2-2 at Spurs and a shock 1-0 loss to Leicester City just after Christmas.
So, the Reds remain third but are now a whopping 11 points behind the unstoppable force of Man City.
Given this chasm, Liverpool might looks elsewhere as they seek to end the season with some silverware.
Of course, the Champions League will then become their focus but, for now, a little bit of extra emphasis may be given to the Carabao Cup.
Will the Reds leave North London in the catbird seat in this tie?
Arsenal team news vs Liverpool
Mikel Arteta missed the meeting with Man City but, with the U.K. minimum isolation period having been cut to seven days, he could be back on the touchline.
Weather he’s watching pitch-side or from home, Arteta and his coaching staff have some big decisions to make, including in goal.
Since the start of September, Aaron Ramsdale has started all the league games while Bernd Leno has started in the last three League Cup rounds.
It is anyone’s guess who’ll be donning the gloves for this one but don’t be surprised if Arteta attempts to appease Leno who probably wants to leave this month.
In defence, Gabriel’s red card on Saturday means he is serving a one-match suspension here.
So, Rob Holding will slot in alongside Benjamin White; Pablo Marí’s last appearance was against Wimbledon in September.
At full-back, Arteta may well pick first-choice duo Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu, ahead of Nuno Tavares and Cédric respectively.
In midfield, Thomas Partey will leave a huge void as he’s now departed for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pépé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also in Cameroon right now but, for varying reasons, weren’t playing much anyway.
So, at the base of midfield, Granit Xhaka’s partner could be Albert Sambi Lokonga who’d be starting for the first time since 27 November.
If Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ reported move to AS Roma goes through, Arsenal would be extremely short in this position.
Further forward though, Arteta does have options.
It’s likely to be the same trio of Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli; the Brazilian scored a brace in the 5-5 at Anfield in 2019.
This would mean Emile Smith Rowe remains on the bench, having scored off it against West Ham, Leeds and Norwich in December.
Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line because Eddie Nketiah, who loves this competition more than anyone else, has tested positive for Covid-19.
Nketiah has scored nine goals in seven League Cup appearances for the club but will have to wait for the second leg to add to those figure.
Will Arsenal go into that second leg with an advantage?
Liverpool team news vs Arsenal
Jürgen Klopp’s squad meanwhile is down to the bare bones due to injury, Covid-19 cases and international call-ups.
So, as much as he’d love to win this tie and this competition, some inexperienced players may be given a chance to shine.
In goal, Alisson missed the draw at Chelsea after testing positive for Covid-19 but Caoimhín Kelleher proved to be a very able deputy.
The 23 year old Irishman would’ve started here anyway but will make his 14th senior appearance for the club, five of which have been in the League Cup.
In defence, Joël Matip has Covid-19 and it would be a major surprise if Virgil van Dijk or Ibrahima Konaté started this fixture.
So, as was the case in the quarter-final, out of favour Joe Gomez could partner 19 year old Frenchman Billy Koumetio at centre-back.
Fans’ favourite Nat Phillips hasn’t featured since fracturing his cheekbone at the San Siro.
On the right hand side in the Leicester tie, Conor Bradley was in defence with Neco Williams deployed as a winger.
Williams could return to his more familiar right-back slot but, either way, Trent Alexander-Arnold is not likely to start.
On the other side however, having missed the last three games with suspension, Andy Robertson could return in place of his deputy Kostas Tsimikas.
In midfield, Naby Keïta has joined up with Guinea at AFCON and Thiago Alcântara is injured.
So, Curtis Jones, who’s just back from an injury of his own, could come in alongside Tyler Morton and James Milner.
Milner made his Premier League debut for Leeds United on 10 November 2002, 11 days after Morton was born on Halloween of that year.
In attack, for the next few weeks there will be no Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah as they both aim to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
With Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi injured and Roberto Firmino out due to Covid-19, they’re very short of attacking options.
Takumi Minamino, hero of the last round, will start if he’s fit, forming a front three alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota.
The Ox has scored once against Arsenal since leaving the club, doing so in the aforementioned 5-5 draw from 2019.
Kaide Gordon and Max Woltman, who were unused substitutes in the last round, will be hoping for some action in this tie.
Will this mix-and-match Liverpool XI silence the Emirates?
Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Liverpool
Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Arsenal
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Premier League table:
|5||West Ham United||20||10||4||6||37||27||10||34|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||19||6||9||4||20||20||0||27|
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