Liverpool’s attempt to reach the FA Cup Final two years in a row continues this weekend with a trip to League One side Oldham Athletic.
The Lancashire club are relishing the opportunity to play the Reds, but who were humiliated in the third round of the competition last season 5-1 at Anfield.
There were five different scorers for Liverpool that day – Craig Bellamy, Steven Gerrard, first goals for Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing, and Andy Carroll.
The Latics had, however, taken the lead just before the half hour mark, before Kenny Dalglish‘s Liverpool turned fortunes around.
This weekend sees a stronger Liverpool side go looking to progress in the tournament after seeing off non-league Mansfield Town 2-1 in the third round.
If you’re one for football betting, Liverpool are 1.27 for the victory this Sunday.
The Reds are likely to start new signing Daniel Sturridge, but as The Guardian are reporting this week, attempts to sign Philippe Countinho from Inter are ongoing.
Pepe Reina won’t feature after Saturday’s 5-0 victory at home to Norwich with a thigh strain – he’s also had a nose operation. Brad Jones will deputise and continue his run in Cup games.
The game may be taken by manager Brendan Rodgers as an opportunity to rest and rotate his growing squad of players – expect to see the likes of Suso and Jonjo Shelvey return to action after recent games watching from the subs bench.
Full back Jack Robinson is also set to start, with Liverpool suffering long-term injuries to Martin Kelly and Jose Enrique.
Oldham vs Liverpool gets underway at 4pm on Sunday, 27th January 2013 and it’s live on ITV 1.