Jürgen Klopp has made plenty of changes to the sides that started Monday’s Premier League victory but, for the second round in a row, Virgil Van Dijk is in the XI for this competition. Mohamed Salah also starts, with Jota and Minamino completing a slick-looking attack. There’s a pair of teenages Williamses in defence in the form of Rhys and Neco. As for Arsenal, Gabriel comes into central defence, Cedric Soares gets his first start of the season and Mesut Ozil may be considering signing up for pottery night classes.
Liverpool: Adrian; N Williams, R Williams, Van Dijk, Milner; Grujic, Jones, Wilson; Minamino, Jota, Salah,
Subs: Kelleher, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Robertson, Origi, Elliot
Arsenal: Leno; Soares, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac; Willock, Ceballos, Xhaka; Pépé, Nkeitah, Saka
Subs: Runarsson, David Luiz, Tierney, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Lacazette
Referee: K Friend
Monday’s Premier League joust between these two teams was so good that no one should complain about the sides doing it again just three days later. Except, of course, they are not really going to be the same sides, as both managers are likely to make many changes. But the style and spirit should remain the same, at least, and we are easily amused in these terrible times. So here we are now, Liverpool and Arsenal, entertain us!
Mikel Arteta actually fielded a pretty strong team in the last round, an impressive win at Leicester. Top performers that day included Eddie Nkettiah, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka, who may get a chance to impress again, which would be fitting on the day Saka was summoned to the England squad. While Arsenal were winning at the King Power, Liverpool were laying waste to Lincoln City, with Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones among the many goalscorers. We await today’s lineup, then, with the confidence that even if each manager omits their top guns, there will be plenty of exciting talent in action.