The first leg was due to be played at the Emirates Stadium last week, but was postponed due to a number of positive Covid tests in the Liverpool camp, which Reds boss Jurgen Klopp subsequently claimed included “a lot of false-positives”.
That has been a cause of some frustration to Arsenal, who have their own availability and injury issues as they look to bounce back from the weekend’s dismal FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
The winner of this two-legged tie (the second leg is set for next Thursday) will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on February 27 after Thomas Tuchel’s side wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham last night.
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4 mins: Robertson takes, headed away at the near post.
Arsenal got themselves into a lot of trouble playing out from the back at Anfield earlier this season. They’re sticking to it here.
3 mins: Physio on to give Cedric a bit of treatment on his hip. Not what Arsenal need, considering all their other absentees. He’s fine to continue for now though.
Lokonga with a really loose pass in midfield allows Liverpool to break. Alexander-Arnold tries to skip past Tierney, but the Arsenal man puts it behind for a corner.
1 min: Cedric looks in a bit of pain after 20 seconds, bending down gingerly to pick up the ball after the Gunners win an early throw-in.
Alisson makes a bit of a mess of claiming a cross into the box, but he was fouled by Nketiah and gets the free-kick.
We are underway for the first-leg of this Carabao Cup semi-final.
Liverpool will be looking to take charge of the tie tonight. For Arsenal, the task is to go into the second-leg at the Emirates still in it.
Just a few minutes now until kick-off at Anfield.
Players are in the tunnel… not long now!
Klopp on strong line-up
“This is the period of the year when there are only cup competitions so we have to play the players available and that is how we can get through different periods,” Klopp said.
“In other moments in the season when you play constantly every three days then you have to make these kind of decisions, to play the younger players or whatever.”
It’s probably as strong a team as Liverpool could put out tonight.
“You will see when we go out there who plays!”
Arteta in no mood to give away anything, when asked if Lacazette will be playing as a number 10. Hard to see who else would play there.
No Odegaard, no Smith-Rowe – even more pressure on Saka to deliver.
Seven goals and four assists in all competitions for him so far this season. He was brilliant against Man City on New Years’ Day… can he be similarly effective at Anfield tonight?
Both teams going back to their first-choice goalkeepers.
Kelleher and Leno have enjoyed minutes in this competition so far this season, but it’s Alisson and Ramsdale who are in action tonight.
Clear that both managers are taking this as seriously as they can.
Just over 25 minutes to go until kick-off.
Arsenal’s recent record at Anfield is not a good one, to say the least. 2012 the last time they came away with victory.
There was a crazy 5-5 draw in this competition back in 2019, with the Reds coming out on top on penalties.