Liverpool take on Championship side Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers looks to keep his side's hopes alive of winning some silverware this season.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 12:45 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on ITV and ITV HD.
Bournemouth defeated League Two club Burton Albion 4-1 in the first third round to set up a date against the Premier League giants but this win represents only the second of two triumphs in their last eight games.
However, the Championship club are likely to put their best foot forward in a rare opportunity to play against the seven time FA Cup holders and will be looking to give their home supporters a reason for cheer in what has been a gloomy few days for the club in terms of results.
Liverpool qualified into the fourth round with a secure performance against Oldham Athletic whom they beat 2-0 in the previous fixture. Rodgers has a host of injury problems to worry about and is unlikely to make any high profile changes to what is a fairly depleted squad.
The likes of Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jose Enrique (knee), Lucas Leiva(knee), Glen Johnson (unspecified) and Daniel Agger (calf) are all out with injury while Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard have just returned after a long spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool crashed out of the Capital One Cup to Manchester United and will be hoping to keep their trophy hopes alive by slotting past the Championhip side. Their league form has been commendable thus far, in spite of their blip against Aston Villa against whom they drew 2-2, but are still genuine contenders for a fourth place finish.
What the Managers Say
Eddie Howe: It is an opportunity that doesn't come around too often, the chance to pit your wits against one of the best managers in the country and some of the best players in the world. We had it against Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly but they are nothing like FA Cup matches so in that respect they are very different. They gave us a football lesson, we were in the game for 20 minutes and thought we had started well and then before you know it we were 3-0 down. The players we were playing against will hopefully stand us in good stead for this, we know the things we need to improve from that game and we did take a lot out of it so hopefully it will help us.
Brendan Rodgers: The players are under no illusions that for us to get through we have to be mentally prepared to up the tempo. Last year I didn't underestimate Oldham or any opponent, we just had to make the changes (to the team) and we suffered for it. When you're Liverpool and you're playing well I think you're always going to be a scalp as players at that level want to show they can play against you at your level. We saw that in our last game against Oldham, who may be in League One, but have some good players who kept the game in the balance all the way through.
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- Last Result: Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
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- Last Result: Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa