LIVE: Liverpool vs Arsenal | EFL Cup

LIVE: Liverpool vs Arsenal | EFL Cup 14:45 ET Canada-USA | 20:45 Cairo Local Time Venue: Anfield Only days removed from their Premier League meeting at Anfield earlier in...
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LIVE: Liverpool vs Arsenal | EFL Cup

14:45 ET Canada-USA | 20:45 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Anfield

Only days removed from their Premier League meeting at Anfield earlier in the week, Liverpool and Arsenal will turn their attention to EFL Cup duties on Thursday night.

Liverpool

Starting with the hosts, capitalizing on Manchester City’s early slip-up and with Jurgen Klopp praising his side’s display on Monday night, Liverpool have certainly laid down an early marker since opening the 2020/2021 campaign.

Coming from behind and landing what was a thoroughly deserved 3-1 win over the Gunners at Anfield earlier in the week, the defending champions have opened the New Year with a 100% start and are one of just three teams who can boast such a record heading into October.

While the former Borussia Dortmund boss might have a mild headache over his side still failing to lad a clean sheet so far this season, Liverpool have certainly shown a real clinical edge in the final third. Along with putting seven past League One Lincoln on the road last week, Klopp’s fringe outfit will be looking to keep up their momentum on Thursday night.

The Reds will be without new signing Thiago Alcantara, who has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating.

Skipper Jordan Henderson will once again miss out as he continues to recover from the knock he picked up in the 2-0 win at Chelsea on 20 September.

Arsenal

As for the visitors, losing their 100% start away at Anfield on Monday night and offering very little return after taking the lead early on, Mikel Arteta will be calling on a more polished display in midweek.

With Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man making it clear that his side are still growing since taking charge in North London last year, his heavily altered squad did impress away at the King Power on EFL Cup duties last week. Despite making a string of changes on their travels, Arsenal picked up a 2-0 win away at fellow top-four hopefuls Leicester. However, in for what should be another tough step up in midweek, it should be noted that the Gunners do hold what is a hugely concerning record on Merseyside.

Along with that penalties defeat in last year’s EFL Cup after that stunning 5-5 draw, Arsenal have now remarkably failed to secure a win at Anfield since 2012.

Arsenal defenders Cedric Soares and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have returned to full training following calf issues and could feature.

Iceland goalkeeper Alex Runarsson could also make his debut in the game.

LIVE: Liverpool vs Arsenal | EFL Cup

14:45 ET Canada-USA | 20:45 Cairo Local Time


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