In one semi-final tie in the Carabao Cup, Chelsea won 3-0 on aggregate over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday (football scores). Now finalists, the Blues will go on to either face Liverpool or Arsenal. This depends on who will win their semi-final tie on aggregate, the Premier League number 3 (Liverpool) or 5 (Arsenal). For this match at Liverpool’s home ground, Anfield, on Friday, here is a Carabao Cup football prediction – Liverpool vs Arsenal.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and goalkeeper Alisson Becker have returned to training after having to remain absent due to COVID-19. And we expect them to re-join the squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg at home to Arsenal.
However, midfielder Thiago Alcantara (hip) and striker Divock Origi (knee) are still absences. So are Reds trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita – all on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Left-back Andy Robertson has overcome a knock sustained at the weekend.
All in all, manager Jurgen Klopp has a strong squad from which to choose.
Arsenal, on the other hand, could be without a number of key players for the trip to Anfield.
Mikel Arteta will assess COVID-stricken Granit Xhaka before the game, as will Emile Smith Rowe (groin) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf).
Also, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are all also out. They are off representing their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.