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Liverpool vs Arsenal, Carabao Cup: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

What is it?
What is it?

Liverpool host Arsenal in the last-16 of the Carabao Cup.

When is it?

Wednesday, October 30.

What time is kick-off?

The game gets under way at Anfield at the unusual time of 7.30pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Coverage begins on Sky Sports Football at 7.30pm with Chelsea vs Manchester United on Sky Sports Main Event. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return to follow all the action on our live blog.

What is the team news?

Both teams are expected to heavily rotate, with third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher, 20,likely to start for Liverpool as well as fellow youngsters Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott.

Naby Kieta, Adam Lallana and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain are in contention to start but Jurgen Klopp is without Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip due to injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain

None of Liverpool's front three featured in the third round at MK Dons, but Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are available if Klopp decides to have them on the bench.

Unai Emery has confirmed that Calum Chambers, David Luiz, Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sit out, but Arsenal's team could have a strong look with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette in the travelling squad.

Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are the young players who could feature with Reiss Nelson still recovering from a knee injury.

What are they saying?

Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders:

“We need freshness to play our game, if we want to play attacking football and want to be competitive, want to see creativity, want to see a high-intensity game, you need freshness.

“I really believe the game is played for the public – for the fans, for the stadium, for the television and for the discussion on the street. The better the football is, the more discussion and the more attractive it is to watch.

“It’s really important that we search for a quality game. If we want a quality game it means players need to recover between the games and we need to use the squad.”

Mohamed Salah converts his penalty against Arsenal in August
Arsenal have a terrible record at Anfield Credit: Reuters

Unai Emery:

"Each match in this competition can be different, and tomorrow is one very good opportunity for us. We will be thinking that the Carabao Cup is important and it’s an opportunity for us to recover confidence and our way.

"It’s not important what players they have on the pitch because we need every player and tomorrow we are going to have the possibility to play some different players from Sunday, and also in Europa they can repeat the match."

Unai Emery Arsenal
It has been a trying few weeks for Arsenal and Unai Emery Credit: Reuters
What is our prediction?

Arsenal have a miserable record at Anfield where they have struggled to cope with Liverpool's physical intensity and fast counter-attacking, not winning there since 2012. The last four league games at Anfield have finished: 3-1, 4-0, 5-1 and 3-1.

This is a second-string Liverpool team though, so it should be amuch closer contest. Liverpool have superior quality in several key first XI positions and the better coach, but there is not much between the squads for depth and second-choice options. Arsenal's youngsters are alsomore experienced and developed than their Liverpool contemporaries. Though the Carabao Cup is far down both managers' list of priorities, Emery might feel more pressure to deliver a result and that can tell in the closing stages of the game with his choice of substitutions. This fixture usually delivers goals.

Verdict: Liverpool 2 Arsenal 3.

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