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Liverpool will push aside any controversy to focus on its Thursday matchup with Arsenal in the first leg of their semifinal matchup in the 2021-22 English League Cup. The first match was supposed to be held at Emirates Stadium a week ago, but numerous Liverpool players tested positive for COVID. It was rescheduled for Thursday at Anfield, and manager Jurgen Klopp said the tests were false positives, inviting scrutiny. Liverpool has won a record eight League Cup titles, its most recent in 2011-12, while Arsenal has won it twice, in 1986-87 and 1992-93. The Reds are third in the English Premier League table, 11 points behind leader Manchester City, and Arsenal is fourth, 18 points off the lead pace.

Kickoff in Liverpool, England is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Liverpool as the -155 favorite (risk $155 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Liverpool vs. Arsenal EFL Cup odds. Arsenal is the +400 underdog, a draw is listed at +260 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Arsenal vs. Liverpool picks or EFL Cup predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has broken down Liverpool vs. Arsenal from every angle and locked in his coveted EFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Arsenal vs. Liverpool:

  • Liverpool vs. Arsenal spread: Liverpool -0.5 (-145)
  • Liverpool vs. Arsenal over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Liverpool vs. Arsenal money line: Liverpool -155, Arsenal +400, Draw +305
  • LIV: Liverpool has scored at least twice in 26 of its 30 games this season
  • ARS: Arsenal has allowed more than one goal eight times in its 25 matches

Why you should back Liverpool

The Reds will be missing the goals from Mohamed Salah, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations, and the sublime crosses of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is out with COVID. But Klopp has plenty of quality to build a strong starting 11, and he has been leaning on younger players in this competition. Diogo Jota, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season, is likely to lead the attack alongside lesser-known talents, with Kaide Gordon one of the most exciting options.

The 17-year-old has one goal in two games, and fellow forward Harvey Blair, 18,and defenders Conor Bradley, 18, and Billy Koumetio, 19, also have been seeing action. Virgil Van Djik, Andy Robertson and Fabinho all played Sunday, so Klopp could stick with those types of veterans to go after the team's first EFL Cup in 10 years. The Reds have won four straight against the Gunners, and they have yielded just 18 goals in their 20 league matches while scoring 52.  

Why you should back Arsenal 

The Gunners have a lot to atone for after a 1-0 setback to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. They also were dismantled by Liverpool in a 4-0 loss at the Emirates in November. However, Arsenal looked strong on New Year's Day in a 2-1 loss to league leader Manchester City. Arsenal could take advantage of the Reds missing the league's top scorer in Salah. 

Arsenal will count heavily on Bukayo Saka (seven goals, four assists) with top scorer Emile Smith Rowe (nine goals) uncertain. Alexandre Lacazette (five goals, four assists) could feature for the Gunners after Eddie Nketiah struggled on Sunday, but the 22-year-old has five goals in three EFL Cup matches. Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will do whatever he can to keep his team in it. The 23-year-old has 10 clean sheets and an 81.7 save percentage in all competitions.

How to make Arsenal vs. Liverpool picks

Green has scrutinized Liverpool vs. Arsenal from all sides, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides three confident best bets, two of which provide plus-money payouts, and gives his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his EFL Cup picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Arsenal vs. Liverpool? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Liverpool vs. Arsenal, all from the European soccer expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.