Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, January 13 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 9/5 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 7/5
Jurgen Klopp has an astonishing 13 players that could miss this game through injury and the German coach is struggling to get results without so many key men.
The Reds could only draw 2-2 with Exeter City in the FA Cup on Friday night, albeit with a very young and inexperienced side, and Klopp knows that beating Arsenal on Wednesday will be a tough task.
Arsene Wenger’s men arrive at Anfield as the Premier League leaders and will look to keep their three point lead above Manchester City after this round of matches.
The Gunners have plenty of injuries to worry about as well though, with seven first team names set to miss out.
Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday and have now won three games on the bounce in all competitions.
The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at the Emirates back in August, although both sides created plenty of chances in what was an entertaining game, so this one is unlikely to end goalless again.
Liverpool will welcome back James Milner on Wednesday night, though that is the only real boost as far as injury news goes. Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Henderson, Jordan Ibe, Daniel Sturridge and Kolo Toure are all doubtful and are unlikely to feature. While Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Jon Flanagan are all definitely out.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is nearing a return to action but will miss out here once more. Tomas Rosicky, Francois Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are also sidelined, while David Ospina remains doubtful. Mesut Ozil will return after being given a ten day rest.
Liverpool’s last five: D/L/W/W/L
Arsenal’s last five: W/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have only lost one of their last nine games against Liverpool in all competitions.
Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker was rested for Saturday’s FA Cup game against Sunderland and will return to the lineup on Wednesday night refreshed. He has been in unstoppable form this season and will look to prove the difference.
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal – Liverpool’s injury concerns are much worse than Arsenal’s at this stage of the season and that will likely cost them on Wednesday. The Gunners have been in good form, despite missing key players of their own, and will expect to leave Anfield with three points.