|1993, Rush facing Oldham...|
Liverpool are still without Pepe Reina who is recovering from a thigh injury and they are also missing Jose Enrique who isn't quite fit enough to start again in defence. For Oldham they are without Dean Furham who is taking part in the Africa Cup Of Nations.
Oldham are currently 19th in League 1 whilst Liverpool are sitting 7th in the Premier League. Of course league positions don't tend to matter in the FA Cup and even less so when you're facing your opposition on their home turf, anything can happen. Oldham's captain James Wesolowski is also apparently a big Liverpool fan and so I'm sure he'd love to lead his side to victory over the mighty Reds.
We don't have to go far back at all to find the last meeting between the two sides, again in the FA Cup. January 2012 saw Oldham travel to Liverpool though and the Reds punished the away side putting five goals past them, the game ended 5-1. Craig Bellamy was on the score sheet that day.
The last time Liverpool lost at Boundary Park was in 1993 when Oldham won 3-2 in the Premier League, Ian Rush found the back of the net twice for the Reds.
- Liverpool have scored 20 goals in their last 7 FA Cup ties.
- Oldham have lost three games in a row in the league.
- The last League 1 side to knock Liverpool out were Bolton.
I'm feeling confident for this game and with Rodgers naming Suarez and Sturridge in the squad it's clear that he isn't taking any chances, he wants them there and available should he need them and with that back up (if they don't start) you have to feel the Reds will win this one.
Oldham are on a very poor run of form and although the occasion could aid their ability with a no doubt very excitable crowd I just don't feel they have the strength to pull it off. Liverpool seem to have hit a point now where things will continue to slowly improve and a win here for me is part of that package.
Enjoy the match folks!
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