Liverpool Vs Arsenal LIVE Football Score 13 Jan 2022
DATE: 13 Jan 2022
TIME: 19:45 UTC
VENUE: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Arsenal supporters were less than impressed when the news of Liverpool’s apparent COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, and Jurgen Klopp’s admission that most of the Reds’ cases were false positives has reportedly not gone down well with many a club in the country. Liverpool could supposedly face an investigation into their batch of false positives – with such a high number considered almost impossible – but a mixture of youth and experience did their talking on the pitch as Shrewsbury Town fell to a 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Up-and-coming starlet Kaide Gordon netted before Fabinho’s brace and Roberto Firmino’s cheeky backheel helped Liverpool avoid quite the giant killing, as the League One side took the lead through Daniel Udoh within 27 minutes. That success represents just a second for Liverpool in their last five matches across all tournaments, although they have now marched to eight successive wins at their Anfield headquarters, only failing to score at least two goals in one of those successes.
Norwich City, Preston North End and an inspired Leicester City outfit have all fallen to the Reds’ superiority in the EFL Cup this season, but the eight-time winners – who last won the tournament in 2012 – are unlikely to be cheered on by the neutrals this weekend. If Arsenal had performed like they did against Nottingham Forest in the first leg at the Emirates, Mikel Arteta’s side were possibly saved from a humbling, as the Championship side deservedly advanced in the FA Cup at the expense of the record 14-time champions.
Granted, Arteta’s ranks were thinned by AFCON, injuries and COVID-19 cases, but Arsenal’s second-string XI looked devoid of any sort of inspiration at the City Ground and ultimately succumbed to Lewis Grabban’s late winner on Sunday night. Such a result was a sure-fire way to dampen the spirits in Arsenal’s ranks a week after they produced one of their best showings of the season against Manchester City, and four of the Gunners’ last six away games in all competitions have ended in defeat.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal will be missing key players for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are at the Africa Cup of Nations, as are Arsenal quartet Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey.
Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Divock Origi (knee) remain absent for Liverpool.
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka (Covid-19) will be assessed, as will Emile Smith Rowe (groin) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf).
Regarding his club’s selection problems before Thursday’s game at Anfield, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “It is extremely volatile and uncertain. In the last week or so we lost so many players for different reasons and we’re trying to adapt to that.
“There are some injuries, Covid and players that have to be away for the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It can change in 10 seconds when the doctor gives you bad news, but our willingness is always to play.”
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and goalkeeper Alisson have returned to training after Covid absences, while left-back Andy Robertson has overcome a knock sustained at the weekend.
The Reds will be without Mohamed Salah (16 goals), who’s at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt. Still, Liverpool has plenty of quality in reserve, and Diogo Jota, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season, should lead the attack alongside some younger stars. Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson also has been cleared after his COVID issues, and he has 11 clean sheets in 24 total matches this season.
The Gunners have a lot to atone for after a 1-0 setback to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. They also were dismantled by Liverpool in a 4-0 loss at the Emirates in November. However, Arsenal looked strong on New Year’s Day in a 2-1 loss to league leader Manchester City. Arsenal could take advantage of the Reds missing the league’s top scorer in Salah.