Arsenal boost as Liverpool will be without a number of their players for Carabao Cup match

Arsenal will be looking to avoid a second loss to Liverpool in the space of four days when they face the Reds in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Liverpool beat Mikel Arteta’s side on Monday to avoid losing three consecutive times to the Gunners.

The Reds have also been drawn against the Gunners in the latest round of Carabao Cup fixtures to be played a few days after the club’s met in the Premier League.

Liverpool hardly fields their best sides in this competition, but with an unbeaten record at Anfield at stake, Jurgen Klopp may have been tempted to play his best players here.

Nevertheless, the Reds will be missing some of their key players in the game after their latest injury updates.

Arsenal will be happy to know that Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, and Kostas Tsimikas will all miss the game through injury, according to Mail Online.

Thiago Alcantara who has just tested positive to covid19 will also miss the game as well as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool’s assistant manager, Pepijn Lijnders told the club’s official website: ‘Jordan, we will re-evaluate on Friday after this game to see if he can be ready for Aston Villa. 

‘Joel is the same as what I said last week, he will be ready [after] the international break and use the time to prepare the Everton game.

‘We have Kostas, who after the Lincoln game had a thigh problem. We thought it would settle, it didn’t, so he will need more time. He will not be involved on Thursday and also not on Sunday.’
 

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7 Comments

  1. Maxis says:

    “Arsenal will be happy to know that Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, and Kostas Tsimikas will all miss the game through injury, according to Mail Online.”

    Very funny article. As if any of those players were on the pitch when they battered us the last time…lol.

  2. Sue says:

    The barcodes are through after penalties…. I don’t fancy a shoot out tomorrow!

  3. SueP says:

    Klopp has previously shown little regard for the Carabao Cup in his desire to win the EPL. That now achieved, I still don’t think it will be on his radar so I am sure – like everyone else does – a weakened team will
    take the field.

    As much as this cup is not a money spinner, winning it does give an entry point to the Europa League and Arsenal are not certain of a place in Europe via the usual means. I think both Spurs and Chelsea took it seriously enough to put out decent players and imagine that Arteta will as well. There are many more teams capable of getting European places nowadays and whilst top 4 is desired and achievable, it is too early in the season not to go for the Carabao Cup

  4. jon fox says:

    I hope and believe that Klopp will start with a much weakened team by choice but with some key players on the bench as subs. I expect us to win IF we field a strong side against their reserves effectively. But with a game on Saturday, that is aslo a big IF!

    1. jon fox says:

      Our game is of course on Sunday, not Saturday but the same comment as above applies.

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  5. Iyke nonye says:

    Let mikel utilise d oppotunity of dia absentees 2 beat d reds cuz a second defeat is a disaster.up GUNNERS.

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