Liverpool wary of second-string Arsenal

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Liverpool is even wary of Arsenal's second-string team ahead of their League Cup quarterfinal match at Anfield on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Liverpool is even wary of Arsenal's second-string team ahead of their League Cup quarterfinal match at Anfield on Wednesday. Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium last month and the two teams will play again in the FA Cup third round on January 6, but Reds manager Rafa Benitez will still field an experienced team. "We know Arsenal are a very good team who play good football and it will be a tough game for sure, but we are playing well and I have confidence," Benitez said. "Maybe we can use some young players in the squad, but I will be selecting an experienced team because they are a good team with good players and we need to be careful." Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Luis Garcia, Peter Crouch and Robbie Fowler - none of whom started in Liverpool's 3-0 league win over Charlton on Saturday - are expected to play some part in the match. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to start Theo Walcott up front with Jeremie Aliadiere and rest Emmanuel Adebayor, who been the Gunners' No. 1 striker with Thierry Henry out injured. "I have rotated the team lately and I will continue to do that because I have absolutely no choice," Wenger said. "It is the only way to survive." William Gallas, Tomas Rosicky and Fredrik Ljungberg are injured, while Emmanuel Eboue and Jens Lehmann will be rested. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is likely to start with Mart Poom as his backup. "Liverpool have just had a big defeat to us, so I am sure they will be looking for revenge," Almunia said. "It is the same as the Everton game in the last round, though, because everyone thought we were too young to win there." Arsenal won the fourth-round game 1-0 against 10-man Everton with a late goal from Adebayor. Newcastle hosts Chelsea Also on Wednesday, Chelsea is at Newcastle and Tottenham hosts Southend, which eliminated Manchester United in the last round of the competition. Southend is bottom of the League Championship. Chelsea needed a late, long-range goal from Didier Drogba to beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday and cut Man United's league lead to two points, but manager Jose Mourinho says the team isn't playing at its best. "If you can't play great music, then you must at least play some," he said. "That is what we are doing at this moment. "We have players injured and we are hitting the post at least twice in every game. The important thing is that we are there." Drogba also scored when Chelsea beat Newcastle 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the league on December 13. Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the match at St James' Park after missing the Everton game with a back injury. Southend manager Steve Tilson isn't expecting his team to cause another upset at White Hart Lane. "We could not have asked for a tougher game to be honest," Tilson said. "But there will be no pressure on the boys and we can go there and try to express ourselves. It may be a nice distraction and I want the players to enjoy themselves."

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