Reds travel to Birmingham in quarters

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Liverpool have drawn Birmingham City away in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

The match will see former Red Emile Heskey (pictured) again lineup against his old side.

In the two league encounters this season Birmingham got a 1-1 draw at Anfield – with ten men – just weeks ago. And earlier in the season drew 2-2 at St. Andrews. Cisse and Garcia with the Reds goals back in September.

Rafael Benitez’s side have not beaten Birmingham in four attempts since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004.

But the Reds boss, whose side are third in the league and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, is hopeful Blues will be more concerned with their relegation battle than the Cup.

“At this stage, with all Premiership clubs you’ve got to play good teams,” said Benitez.

“Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division.

“I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home.”

The quarter-final games will take place on 20-23 March. All four ties will be played in midweek due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup finals.

Full draw:

Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa or Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers or West Ham United
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Birmingham City v Liverpool

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