Arsenal v Liverpool
Alberto Aquilani is on the bench for tonight’s Carling Cup tie against Arsenal at the Emirates and could make his first-team debut at some point in the proceedings.
Although the match is officially a first-team fixture, the starting line-up has nine changes to the one that beat Manchester United on Sunday and more closely resembles a reserve side.
Diego Cavalieri gets a rare start in place of Pepe Reina who drops to the bench. The back four only features Emiliano Insua from Sunday’s game, with Philip Degen hoping to last the full 90 minutes as the other full-back. Martin Skrtel partners Sotirios Kyrgiakos at centre-back.
In midfield are Plessis and Spearing; we’ll see after kick-off how Rafa intends to use Babel, Kuyt (captain for the night), Voronin and scorer on Sunday David Ngog.
Arsenal: 21 Fabianski, 6 Senderos, 18 Silvestre, 28 Gibbs, 37 Eastmond, 42 Gilbert, 8 Nasri, 16 Ramsey, 32 Merida, 9 Eduardo, 52 Bendtner
Subs: 53 Szczesny, 34 Bartley, 35 Coquelin, 41 Frimpong, 48 Randall, 51 Sunu, 54 Watt
Liverpool: 1 Cavalieri, 16 Kyrgiakos, 22 Insua, 27 Degen, 37 Skrtel, 26 Spearing, 28 Plessis, 10 Voronin, 18 Kuyt, 19 Babel, 24 Ngog
Subs: 25 Reina, 32 Darby, 38 Dossena, 40 Ayala, 04 Aquilani, 15 Benayoun, 39 Eccleston
Referee: Mike Riley