Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on Anfield when Liverpool and Arsenal face each other in the EFL Cup semis, first leg. The Reds defeated Shrewsbury 4-1 in the FA Cup despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp rested key players. All Salah, Mane, and Keita are on international duty, meaning that the opposition defenders should have Diogo Jota at bay. Roberto Firmino is pushing for a start, as well as Takumi Minamino.
The Gunners, on the other hand, aim to make amend for the shocking FA Cup loss to Nottingham. Since Liverpool head into the EFL Cup clash with a severely-weakened squad, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. All Aubameyang, Partey, Pepe, and Elneny are on international duty, but Lacazette and Saka are likely to make life difficult for the opposition back-line. Kieran Tierney is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Sadio Mané):
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Liverpool as a winger. Mane was born in Sedhiou Senegal on April 10, 1992, but he made his senior debut at French club Metz. In 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, with the pacey winger scoring 31 goals in 63 appearances for the club in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Mane then decided to take a step forward in his career as he joined famous Premier League club Liverpool for a fee of £34 million, signing a five-year contract with the Reds. The Senegal international quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Liverpool and, no doubt, he helped the Anfield outfit make it to the 2017/2018 Champions League final.
Speaking of trophies, Sadio Mane won the Austrian Bundesliga with Salzburg in the 2013/2014 season. In 2017 he was named Liverpool player of the year for the 2016/2017 season. Sadio Mane made his Senegal debut in 2012 and he was part of the Senegal team that participated at the 2012 Olympic tournament.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.