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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could make their first starts of the season.
With boss Arsene Wenger expected to mix experience with youth, Philippe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre are likely to start in defence.
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has said midfielder Alberto Aquilani could make his debut with Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres likely to be out.
Winger Albert Riera (hamstring) and Martin Kelly (ankle) are also injured.
But defenders Andrea Dossena and Sotirios Kyrgiakos could both figure having recovered from injuries.
Benitez said of Aquilani’s inclusion: “He will be with us. He is improving his fitness, so he’s in the squad.
“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.”
Aquilani played for 15 minutes of a reserve match last week, having been recovering from a knee operation since his arrival at the club in the summer.
The 25-year-old said: “It was good to play for the reserves because I haven’t played for a long time, but to play for the first team is something different again and I am looking forward to that.” (BBC Sport)

Arsene Wenger has a history of allowing his youngsters to get much needed first team experience in the Carling Cup but when they are pitted against top notch teams he likes to mix up the side and add a few more experienced players into the line up so it will be interesting to see who he picks for this one.

Liverpool will of course be on a high and I expect Rafa to field a relatively strong team for this one and of course Alberto Aquilani may well get his first taste of senior football for the club, although he is more likely to be on the bench for this one.

It will give Benitez a chance to use some of his squad players and it will be up to the likes of under performing players like Andrea Dossena and Ryan Babel to show that they are up for the task of proving themselves in a Reds jersey.

My Prediction: This will be a close one. I’ll go for a 1-1 draw Liverpool to win on Penalties.


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