Gooners Here We Come

We face Arsenal in the League Cup tomorrow at The Emirates Stadium and you can be sure that both teams will be anything but predictable. With Arsene Wenger a fan of playing his youth throughout this tournament and Rafa often opting to play a weakened side it should be a very interesting game.

With the likes of Kyrgiakos, Riera and obviously Aquilani only just coming back you would hope that these players could feature in a game such as this. Kyrgiakos to gain more play time with the Red's, for Riera this would be a great match for him to start before returning for the Premier League fixtures. As for Aquilani, this game would be perfect for his first experience in English football. Although Arsenal's 11 will still be a strong and skillful side as we all know what Wenger's boys are like this would give Aquilani the chance to cope with ultimately the pace of the game.

Aquilani although it seems certain he will not start it is apparent that he may well be on the bench for this fixture. Benitez was quoted saying;

"He cannot start at this moment but he will be there and maybe we can give
him some minutes. If it's possible we will try to use him."


I for one would be very pleased if Alberto was given even a few minutes on Wednesday, just to catch a glimpse of what could possibly be.

Stat Sandwich:
Liverpool & Arsenal have met 9 times in the League Cup.
Liverpool have been victorious on 5 occasions. Arsenal 4.
The most prolific scorer in the League Cup from both teams is Arshavin with a total of 3 goals.

These matches are always very unpredictable and are sometimes pushed aside as almost meaningless but this season I'd like us to push more in these competitions, with the FA Cup our last trophy to have won and the last time we lifted the League Cup being the 02/03 season i just feel that this kind of silverware is worth approaching. Wouldn't it be nice to add another League Cup to our already record amount of 7?

I know we are aiming for the elusive premier league title and believe me after being born the year we last won it, i want nothing more but i just think sometimes that we push these competitions aside a bit too much, I'm not saying field a full 11 and risk injured players just maybe introduce the experience a bit earlier in the cup.

So with the hope of progression and a general freshness now to the team after Sunday i will go for a 2-1 Liverpool win.



Do you agree?

Predict the score in the sidebar or head over to the forums and have a talk about what you think this fixture has in store.

Also it's extra points up for grabs in Benitez Bingo if you can correctly guess that starting eleven.

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