Kick-off: 1945, 13/01/2022
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Liverpool will host Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final after last week’s trip to Emirates Stadium was postponed due to a Covid scare.
The Reds are now fancied to make the most of that reprieve and secure an advantage to take with them to London next Thursday.
We’re snapping up 2.1 for a home win as our opening Liverpool vs Arsenal prediction.
Liverpool showed their well-being in Sunday’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury, when 17-year-old Kaide Gordon became the club’s youngest-ever scorer in that competition.
There was briefly a sniff of an upset when the League One visitors took a 27th-minute lead, but Gordon soon equalised with a composed finish.
Fabinho’s penalty put the Reds in front just before half-time and he added another in stoppage time after Roberto Firmino had netted in the second period.
Jurgen Klopp had to field five academy players over the weekend but should have a stronger squad to select from here.
Reflecting on the Covid scare, he reported: “The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest was false positives.”
Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while Thiago Alcantara, Divock Origi, Nat Phillips and Harvey Elliott are injured.
Liverpool will have some key figures back available here, though, and Diogo Jota has a great record versus Arsenal.
He netted in November’s 4-0 Premier League win over the Gunners to make it four goals in four meetings for the Reds.
Jota also scored for Wolves against the London outfit and Liverpool vs Arsenal odds.
Arsenal and Liverpool clash in the EFL Cup for a third straight season, with each team winning one of the previous ties on penalties.
Mikel Arteta helped Manchester City to monopolise this competition when assistant to Pep Guardiola and the Gunners have reached this stage in smooth fashion.
After earlier cruising past West Brom, Wimbledon and Leeds, they romped to a 5-1 victory over Sunderland in the last round, when Eddie Nketiah hit a hat-trick.
However, Arteta will be without Africa Cup of Nations call-ups Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal felt their absence when putting in a lifeless performance for Sunday’s 1-0 FA Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.
“We needed more drive, more hunger to win at any cost in every single action, much more,” fumed Arteta. “We were not at our level.
“I’m really disappointed with the performance. It is really hurting. It is a competition that is very related to our history and to get out of it is a big bump.”
Arsenal have so often flattered to deceive under Arteta, showing some signs of progress but then slipping back to square one with such tepid displays.
Let’s finish off our Liverpool vs Arsenal betting tips by taking 6.0 for a home win by any two-goal margin.
LIVERPOOL 4-1 Shrewsbury – Kaide Gordon, Fabinho (2), Roberto Firmino
Nottingham Forest 1-0 ARSENAL
Head-to-head: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal, Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
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