Arsenal and Liverpool will fight for a ticket to the final round to face Chelsea in the League Cup semifinal second leg duel on Friday (21/1) early morning WIB at the Emirates Stadium.
After a goalless draw in the first leg, now both teams will both aim to win to lock up a place in the final.
Many Arsenal supporters will feel that their beloved team will face an uphill battle at Anfield in the first leg, after another moment of madness from Granit Xhaka which saw the Swiss midfielder sent off before half an hour of the game.
But the strong defense and solid performance of 10 men The Gunners proven to be able to reduce the threat of the host, who was barely able to even register a shot on target on target [hanya satu on target].
Since the first leg, Arsenal’s coronavirus problems have only gotten worse while Mikel Arteta has also had to deal with injuries, suspension and absence at AFCON. As a result, the North London derby against Spurs had to be postponed.
Liverpool, meanwhile, managed to get back to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Brentford at the weekend, to move them up to second in the Premier League table and keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top.
Liverpool have a slight advantage over Arsenal in head to head and have won 92 of 235 encounters, losing 82 times. The last meeting of the two teams occurred in the first leg of the League Cup semifinal which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Granit Xhaka out for Arsenal through suspension, Sead Kolasinac moves to Marseille, Cédric Soares injured. Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe are still at AFCON, while Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe are doubtful. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been sent home by the Gabon national team due to health problems.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are still out due to AFCON, while Thiago Alcantara, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are injured.
Arsenal XI (4-4-2): Aaron Ramsdale; Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers; Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli; Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones; Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota
Arsenal did very well to hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg after playing down to 10 men, but Mikel Arteta has a lot of problems with his current squad with too many potentially missing players. That fact could be a boon for Jurgen Klopp’s men to clinch a delayed win and qualify for the final to face Chelsea.
Score Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool