LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, January 5, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool to play Everton in FA Cup third round

Liverpool have been drawn against Everton in the FA Cup third round, which will be played in the first weekend of January.

It will be the second Merseyside derby of the season, with the two sides facing each other this week in the Premier League.

The Reds last played the Blues in the FA Cup back in the third round just two seasons ago – when Virgil van Dijk headed a late winner on his debut for Liverpool.

The tie will be played at Anfield across the weekend of January 3rd to 6th, which is after a home game against Sheffield United (Jan 2) and before a trip to Tottenham (Jan 11).

Therefore, you can expect a heavily rotated side, as is the norm for Liverpool in domestic cup competitions, but especially after a run of 13 games in 40 days.

It should provide an opportunity for the likes of Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher, with progress to the next round influencing whether they are allowed out on loan in January.

The Reds exited the competition at the third round last season with a 2-1 defeat away to Wolves.

The season before that saw a fourth-round exit to West Brom, which is the furthest Liverpool have ever got in the competition under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds exited at the fourth round in the first three seasons under Klopp’s management – and have now been drawn against fellow Premier League sides in each of their last five FA Cup matches.

Liverpool last won the FA Cup back in 2006 under Rafa Benitez.

Last season’s winners, Man City, were drawn against League Two side Port Vale.

Full draw:

FA Cup trophy general image (Propaganda Photo)

Leicester City v Wigan Athletic
QPR v Swansea City
Fulham v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
Charlton Athletic v West Bromwich Albion
Rochdale or Boston United v Newcastle United
Cardiff City v Forest Green or Carlisle
Oxford United v Exeter or Hartlepool
Sheffield United v AFC Fylde
Southampton v Huddersfield
Liverpool v Everton
Bristol City v Shrewsbury
AFC Bournemouth v Luton Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol Rovers or Plymouth v Coventry or Ipswich Town
Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley
Manchester City v Port Vale
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
Reading v Blackpool
Watford v Tranmere Rovers
Preston NE v Norwich City
Millwall v Newport County
Crystal Palace v Derby County
Solihull Moors or Rotherham v Hull City
Brentford v Stoke City
Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Arsenal v Leeds United
Gillingham v West Ham United
Burton Albion v Northampton Town
Burnley v Peterborough
Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers