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Liverpool v Arsenal: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live!

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Hello and welcome to the first leg of the tie to decide who will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at the end of February.

So Liverpool can be expected to try to tear into Arsenal and rack up a first-leg lead that Arteta’s team won’t be able to overturn a the Emirates.

For the first time since 2016, the trophy will be lifted by a team not from Manchester, and you can be sure that both Jürgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta want it to be their chaps.

If this match had taken place last week as originally scheduled before being postponed because of false positive covid tests among the Liverpool squad, then Mikel Arteta’s approach to it might have been easier to predict.

On one hand, the match has assumed greater importance because of last weekend’s elimination from the FA Cup, which leaves this thing as the only silverware Arsenal can win this season; on the other hand, they face Spurs on Sunday with north London pride on the line as well as points that could prove crucial in the race for the Premier League’s top four (and reaching that, according to late-era Arsène Wenger, is as good as winning a trophy).

Considering that, and the uncertain fitness levels of players, it’s a tricky business trying to predict how Arsenal will line up today.

But now the Arsenal manager finds himself wondering how much he can risk putting into this game.
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