The EFL Cup quarter-finals culminate in an all-Premier League clash between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield, both teams eager to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Liverpool, despite breaking the record for the most shots without scoring in a Premier League match against Manchester United, faced a frustrating goalless draw.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will aim to bounce back and set aside talk of the title race as they target their tenth EFL Cup triumph.
Although historically strong in the competition, the Reds did suffer a memorable defeat to Aston Villa with a young squad in the 2019-20 season.
West Ham, led by David Moyes, seeks to continue their impressive form after a solid win against Wolves.
The Hammers stunned Arsenal in the previous round and are determined to progress further in the EFL Cup. However, they face a hurdle in overcoming a Liverpool side that defeated them 3-1 earlier in the season.
Liverpool faces midfield injury concerns with Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Alexis Mac Allister sidelined.
Ryan Gravenberch also suffered a hamstring injury against Man United and might miss the quarter-final. Klopp may rotate the squad, giving opportunities to Joe Gomez, Harvey Elliott, and Cody Gakpo.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio remains out with a knee injury. Edson Alvarez, despite a hip injury, is expected to feature, and Moyes might opt for Lukasz Fabianski over Alphonse Areola in goal.
Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Quansah, Tsimikas;
Elliott, Endo, Jones;
Salah, Gakpo, Diaz
West Ham United: (4-2-3-1)
Kehrer, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Cresswell;
Kudus, Fornals, Benrahma;
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United
Both teams have key ambitions, but Liverpool, despite a recent draw, boasts a strong home record and will likely demonstrate their goal-scoring prowess.
However, an in-form West Ham will make it a closely contested match, providing an exciting encounter at Anfield.