Liverpool vs Arsenal LIVE: Granit Xhaka starts as Odegaard misses out, Patino and Tavares benched – Football.London

Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

This game had originally been scheduled to take place as the second leg of the tie, but a series of false positive tests within the Reds camp meant that last week’s first leg at the Emirates Stadium had to be moved to next Thursday instead.

As a result, Mikel Arteta now heads into this match facing a tricky balancing act when it comes to prioritising fixtures, with Sunday’s North London Derby set to be crucial for the Premier League top-four race.

The odds are against the Gunners who have not won in 90 minutes at Anfield since 2012, but they will be hopeful of securing a decent result to take back to north London next week.

Key to that is likely to be the fitness of crucial players like Granit Xhaka, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe, who all missed Sunday’s defeat to Nottingham Forest due to a mixture of injuries and COVID.

You can follow all the action from Anfield with’s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak and Chris Wheatley in our live blog below.

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