Liverpool take on Everton in yet another Merseyside derby this season. However, this time the two teams will be contesting for a place in the FA Cup finals and will play at Wembley on 14 April, a day before the 23rd anniversary of the tragic Hillsborough disaster where several Reds fans lost their lives in a stampede.
Liverpool, who recently fired their Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli, will be desperate to turn things around following a series of poor performances in the league this season. However, they have done pretty well in their cup ties so far and club captain Steven Gerrard is quite confident that they can take that record forward when they face their rivals on Saturday.
"We've beaten Everton twice this year so that should give us belief and confidence but we need to perform to the same levels at Wembley to get the same result. We believe that we have the players in our squad capable of doing the job on the day but we all need to deliver good performances - all the players. To reach two major cup finals in the same season would be a fantastic achievement," The Sun reported Gerrard as saying.
However, the suspensions to goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni will be a big blow to Kenny Dalglish's team.
Everton, on the other hand, have been doing pretty well of late, registering four wins in their last five games in all competitions. However, they have lost both their league games against their neighbours this season. Still the Toffees have a good chance of upsetting the Reds, considering the contrasting form of both teams. Finally Everton boss David Moyes is all set to unleash a fresh and strong line up after resting many key players - including Leighton Baines, Tim Cahill and Nikica Jelavic - against Sunderland on Monday.
Liverpool Probable Team: Jones, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Downing, Gerrard, Henderson, Bellamy, Kuyt, Suarez
Everton Probable Team: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Jelavic