The match at Anfield was supposed to be the second leg of the tie, but became the first after last week’s competition at the Emirates Stadium was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Liverpool camp.
That match was later rescheduled for 20 January.
Liverpool were able to reopen the first-team areas of their Kirkby training ground on Friday and a youth team later came from behind to watch League One Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was back in the dugout for that competition after his isolation period, later confirming there were “a lot of false positives” in Liverpool’s outbreak as he defended last week’s postponement request.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will try to rediscover some momentum on Sunday evening after Mikel Arteta’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest, a week after Manchester City’s leaders last-gasp premiership. The league will start in 2022, a week after the defeat. ,
Date, start time and location
Liverpool vs Arsenal is scheduled for kick-off on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 8PM GMT.
The match will take place at Anfield.
Where to watch Liverpool vs Arsenal
TV Channel: In the UK, Liverpool vs Arsenal will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch matches online through the Sky Go app.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Team News
Klopp revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only Liverpool player to have actually tested positive for Covid, with the England right-back expected to return to training this week.
The likes of Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino were back in the squad against Shrewsbury, but Liverpool were still without several players who had recorded false positives as 17-year-old Kaid Gordon propelled them to a comeback victory.
The Reds will likely be able to name a stronger squad to face Arsenal, although Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Nabi Keita are all on Africa Cup of Nations duty in Cameroon, while the likes of Divock Origi, Harvey Elliott and Nathaniel Phillips Still out injured.
Klopp has dismissed fears that leading midfielder Thiago Alcantara could miss the remainder of the campaign with a hip problem.
Arteta complained that Arsenal were “really, really low on numbers” in Forest, with 22-year-old Albert Sambi Lokonga, their only fit senior central midfield option, as he lined up with a full debut at 17-year-old Charlie Patino. Was.
Granit Zaka and Folarin Balogun missed the cup tie after testing positive for Covid-19, while Emil Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu were absent due to groin and calf issues, respectively, with further evaluation this week.
Gabriel has been suspended, while Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Alleny and exiled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all at AFCON.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Prediction
As with every match in the post-Covid era, a lot will depend on the strength of the teams that both managers are able to field at Merseyside.
Arsenal were on an impressive run and arguably gave Arteta Reigns’ best 45 minutes in a defeat by City, but they were wretched in Forest as their lack of depth was brutally exposed.
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Liverpool have not been at their best since ending 2021 with a loss to Leicester, although struggled admirably to claim a thrilling draw at Chelsea.
Mane and Salah’s absence is crucial and will give Arsenal hope of a positive result for their return to the Emirates, although the lack of midfield options remains a major concern.
Head to Head (h2h) History and Results
Liverpool have won three of their last four matches against Arsenal, including a 4-0 Premier League win at Anfield in November.