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Match Preview: Everton (h)

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It’s round two of the Merseyside Derby double-header, with Monday night’s Premier League clash finishing 1-1 at Anfield.

Now the teams meet in the F.A. Cup 4th Round, and the Reds will be looking for revenge after Tim Cahill’s late header denied them a much needed league victory.

The Reds have few injury worries, with Fernando Torres almost 100% fit after his recent injury troubles, and Xabi Alonso deemed okay after picking up a slight knock against the Toffees on Monday. Only sicknote Philipp Degen is unavailable for Rafa Benitez.

Benitez explained that Torres was exhausted after Monday’s match, some fans had noted he should have been replaced earlier, but insists he is close to full fitness; “He is very close to full fitness – now it’s just about getting match fitness. He needs to play games.”

Steven Gerrard is available after appearing in court on Friday, after pleading not guilty and being granted bail.

Benitez must decide whether to stick with the ineffective Robbie Keane alongside Fernando Torres, or restore midfield enforcer Javier Mascherano and push Gerrard into his advanced role alongside Torres.

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri may start in place of Pepe Reina.

Possible starting eleven: Cavalieri, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Mascherano, Alonso, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Torres.

Kick off is 4pm, live on Setanta.

  • Read and watch footage of the 1986 Merseyside Cup Final (BBC).
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  • Fourth Round Fixtures

    Chelsea v Ipswich, R4, 15:00
    Doncaster v Aston Villa, R4, 15:00
    Hartlepool v West Ham, R4, 12:40
    Hull v Millwall, R4, 15:00
    Kettering v Fulham, R4, 15:00
    Man Utd v Tottenham, R4, 17:15
    Portsmouth v Swansea, R4, 15:00
    Sheff Utd v Charlton, R4, 15:00
    Sunderland v Blackburn, R4, 15:00
    Torquay v Coventry, R4, 15:00
    Watford v Crystal Palace, R4, 15:00
    West Brom v Burnley, R4, 15:00
    Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough, R4, 15:00

    Cardiff v Arsenal, R4, 13:30
    Liverpool v Everton, R4, 16:00

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