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How Arsenal could line up against Liverpool in EFL Cup fourth round

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for their second trip to Anfield in four days as they face Liverpool in the EFL Cup fourth round.

Arsenal face their second visit to Anfield in the space of just four days on Thursday when they take on Liverpool in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

The Gunners were beaten 3-1 by the Premier League champions on Monday night and quickly face the most difficult assignment in English football again with a spot in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Arsenal had been unbeaten this season prior to Monday's meeting, though, and beat Liverpool in the Community Shield in August in addition to a league victory over them in July.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Mikel Arteta could set his side up for the contest.

Possible ARS XI vs. LIV

Out: Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle), Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Calum Chambers (knee)
Doubtful: Cedric Soares (calf), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (calf)

> Click here for Arsenal's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Arsenal could have Cedric Soares and Sokratis back available for this match, helping to ease their defensive injury crisis with Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari both still sidelined.

Both Cedric and Sokratis narrowly missed out on a place in the matchday squad for Monday, but Arteta could view the EFL Cup as a good opportunity for them to get much-needed minutes under their belts.

It is likely to be a very different XI to the one which started the last game at Anfield, with Gabriel Magalhaes - a surprise omission in the league meeting as David Luiz replaced him - among those pushing for a recall.

There could also be a couple of debuts for the visitors as Runar Alex Runarsson is set to take the gloves from Bernd Leno and William Saliba is in contention as part of the back three.

Arsenal's victory over Leicester City in the previous round saw the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson all come into the starting lineup, and they will hope to have done enough to be named in the XI again this time around.

Dani Ceballos and Bukayo Saka may also start after being left out of the side on Monday, with a full complement of changes available to Arteta.

> Click here to see how Liverpool could line up for this contest


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