It’s been a topsy-turvey couple of weeks for the Reds after positive Covid cases, false positives, three league games without a win followed by an FA Cup victory.
Here are 10 things to know ahead of the game.
1. How did Arsenal get here?
In that run, Mikel Arteta’s side scored 16 and conceded just one goal and that was against League One’s Sunderland in the last round.
While this is the first time Liverpool have appeared at this stage since 2016/17, Arsenal were last here in 2017/18 and would finish the competition as runners-up.
2. Who is available for the visitors?
Arsenal had to bid farewell to a handful of players due to the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are not available.
Their absences coupled with Covid cases and injuries left Arteta to assess the situation as “extremely volatile and uncertain” so he will “use the players that we have and make the most out of it.”
Gabriel is expected back after his suspension but Granit Xhaka is expected to miss out due to Covid while there are doubts over Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu due to injury.
Had the game gone ahead one week ago, Arsenal could still have been left to play without seven of the abovementioned players.
Possible Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Smith Rowe, Lokonga, Odegaard; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli
3. Liverpool’s false positive situation
The original first leg was postponed as Liverpool had to close their training ground amid what was reported to be a “severe outbreak.”
It left up to 18 players unavailable for the scheduled trip to the Emirates, contributing to the game being pushed back.
“It doesn’t change anything for your quarantine but you need to know, you have to do a third test. In between, you cannot use the players – that’s how the rules are for all of us,” Klopp explained.
4. Who is available for Liverpool?
Let’s start with who is not available.
5. How could the Reds lineup?
There will be a few question marks as to how Klopp will approach this one, with the manager needing to weigh up if he will go full strength or reward those who got the Reds to this position.
There are quite a few options for the manager to play with, thankfully, and it could end up seeing Liverpool lineup like this.
6. Who and when could the Reds face in the final?
It is a case of if at this stage as a ball has yet to be kicked in this tie, but the winner looks set to meet Chelsea in the final.
Thomas Tuchel’s side took a 2-0 first leg lead vs. Tottenham and placed one foot at Wembley, the home of the final on February 27, 2022.
7. Four for Minamino?
8. “Nothing to worry about”
After the release of another Mo Salah interview discussing his contract situation, Klopp was asked once more about the situation.
He had “very positive” words to say but nothing is done as of yet.
We know, I know, Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. That’s the point where we are.
“These things take time, I cannot change that, sorry. But I think it’s all in a good place, nothing else to say.
“I’m very positive about it, but I don’t think it makes sense you speak on behalf of the fans because I’m pretty sure the fans are not as nervous as you are.
“They know the club pretty long and know the people here have been dealing with things for pretty long, so I think there are enough reasons to be positive.
“But as long as it’s not done, I cannot say anything about it. But [there are] good conversations. That’s all I can say.”
9. Oliver, Oliver!
Michael Oliver is the man in the middle on Thursday night in what will be the third Liverpool game he has officiated so far this season.
Thankfully, Liverpool have never lost against Arsenal in the games Oliver has overseen (four wins, two draws).
And as little referee/VAR drama (Darren England) as possible will be great, thanks!
10. A Sky Sports Listing
It’s time to tune back into Sky Sports Main Event/Football for those of you in the UK, with coverage starting at 7pm (GMT) ahead of the 7.45pm kickoff.
But if that doesn’t tickle your fancy and you’d prefer some biased Liverpool commentary then our This Is Anfield live blog is just the ticket, with Henry Jackson to be at the helm from 7pm!