The second Carabao Cup semi-final kicks off late tonight as Liverpool host Arsenal in the first leg at Anfield.
The first leg was scheduled to be played at the Emirates Stadium last week, but was postponed due to a number of positive Covid tests at the Liverpool camp, which Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said included ” a lot of false positives “.
It has been a source of frustration for Arsenal, who have their own uptime and injury issues as they look to bounce back from the dismal exit of the weekend’s FA Cup third round at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
The winner of that first leg (the second leg is scheduled for next Thursday) will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on February 27 after Thomas Tuchel’s side claimed a comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham last night.
You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below …
Liverpool team news
Klopp has revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only Liverpool player to test positive for Covid, with England right-back returning to training this week.
Players like Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino were back in the squad against Shrewsbury but Liverpool were still devoid of many players who registered false positives as 17-year-old Kaide Gordon led them to a comeback victory.
The Reds will likely be able to name a much stronger squad to take on Arsenal, although Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are all in Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations, while Divock Origi, Harvey Elliott and Nathaniel Phillips are still out injured.
How to watch
TV channel: In the UK, Liverpool vs Arsenal will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch tonight’s game online through the Sky Go app.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Of course, this match was originally scheduled to be played in North London last week before the Covid outbreak in Liverpool forced a re-jig, so here we are in Merseyside.
Simon Collings is our man at Anfield tonight and we’ll have all the squad news and preparation ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm.