Don’t forget that the Liverpool Under 18s are arriving in Doha tonight at midnight.
There will also be a reception at the Radisson to meet and greet the team on the 29th at 8pm.
Liverpool take a trip to Boundary Park to face Oldham Athletic in an FA Cup 4th round tie. Paul Dickov’s side sit just outside the relegation zone in League One and have won just one of their last seven league games at Boundary Park, losing the other six. The clubs last met in this competition at the 3rd round stage last season, with Liverpool securing a 5-1 win at Anfield. Robbie Simpson gave the Latics the lead just before the half hour mark but first half goals from Bellamy and Gerrard were followed by second half strikes from Shelvey, Carroll and Downing to seal our passage to the 4th round.
We’ve faced Oldham three other times in this competition, beating them 1-0 in the 2nd round in 1907 (Boundary Park), then securing a 2-1 win at the 4th round stage in 1962, again at Boundary Park, and knocking them out 3-1 in the 5th round in 1977 at Anfield. Liverpool overcame Mansfield 2-1 to reach the 4th round while Oldham eliminated Kidderminster (2-0; 1st Round), Doncaster (3-1; 2nd round) and Nottingham Forest (3-2; 3rd round) to make it this far.
The winners of this tie will bank £90,000 in prize money.
FA CUP HISTORY
Liverpool have lifted the FA Cup on seven occasions, with the last victory coming in 2006 when we defeated West Ham Utd on penalties after the game finished 3-3 following normal and then extra time. Our other triumphs in the FA Cup came in 2001 (against Arsenal), 1992 (Sunderland), 1989 (Everton), 1986 (Everton), 1974 (Newcastle) and 1965 (Leeds Utd). Only three sides have lifted the FA Cup on more occasions than Liverpool: Man Utd with 11 victories, Arsenal with ten and Spurs with eight.
The Reds have also been runners up on seven occasions, losing to Burnley in 1914, Arsenal in 1950, Arsenal again in 1971, Manchester Utd in 1977, Wimbledon in 1988, Manchester Utd again in 1996 and Chelsea in 2012. Only Everton with eight losing final appearances have lost more FA Cup finals than Liverpool.
Liverpool’s overall record in the FA Cup:
P: 412 W: 220 D: 89 L: 103 F: 690 A: 391
Liverpool’s record at the 4th round stage of the FA Cup (not including replays):
P: 67 W: 32 D: 16 L: 19 F: 99 A: 63
The FA Cup – and winning a trophy – still matters. But Arsenal on Wednesday matters more
Does the fact that it’s lower league opposition influence selection one way or the other? Of course it does. It is a great chance to get through to the next round and get close to the more advanced stages of the tournament. But there is also the chance to rest some players and give others a run out. There’s a risk of injury – of course. But what about fatigue? Rodgers says Suarez is better playing games than being rested. You could argue that Wisdom and Sterling need resting, and who’d risk Gerrard, Johnson and Agger for Oldham? Downing and Henderson maybe should play to build on their growing confidence. Would Lucas, Sturridge and Borini benefit more from game time or rest time? And then there’s Allen. Selective resting but still a strong side is the balance we need to strike. Right back’s a concern – if we want to rest Wisdom and protect Johnson, and with Kelly and Flanagan both injured, is it time for Ryan McLaughlin? Or play Henderson there with Downing at left back and hope Oldham don’t have any good wide players?
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