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  • January 6, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Liverpool - Oldham Athletic Preview: Visitors looking for first win at Anfield in nearly 100 years

Liverpool - Oldham Athletic Preview: Visitors looking for first win at Anfield in nearly 100 years

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The FA Cup kicks off for the Reds against the League One side, with Paul Dickov's outfit hoping to cause early upset, as Kenny Dalglish's team try to end difficult week on a high


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Doni
Kelly, Coates, Carragher, Aurelio
Maxi, Shelvey, Gerrard, Downing
Kuyt, Bellamy
OLDHAM

Cisak
Lee, Diamond, Clarke, Black
Taylor, Adeyemi, Furman, Morais
Simpson
Kuqi

As with most of the top-flight teams this upcoming week, Liverpool will be set to give opportunities for their youngsters and fringe players a chance to shine.

The likes of Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey should get starts as they look to grab any opportunity to impress manager Kenny Dalglish.

Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez have hovered on the fringes for the Reds this season and a good showing against the League One side might do them some favours in getting back into first-team action.

Latics boss Paul Dickov will most likely put out his strongest side as he is the first manager given the opportunity to nab an early cup upset, with Finnish striker and Oldham’s top scorer this season Shefki Kuqi expected to take centre stage up top, whilst Dean Furman will lead the north west side out at Anfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool made it to their first FA Cup final back in 1914, but lost 1-0 to Burnley.
  • The Reds were successful in the competition for the first time during the Bill Shankly years, winning their first FA Cup title in 1965.
  • In current boss Kenny Dalglish’s (pictured right) reign as player-manager, the Scot picked up the trophy twice.
  • Oldham have never reached the final of the cup, but have been semi-finalists on three occasions, last reaching the penultimate round in 1994.
  • One of Oldham’s most successful managers in their history, David Ashworth, took control of Liverpool just prior 1920.
  • Latics boss Paul Dickov is a former Manchester City favourite.
  • The Latics last won at Anfield in 1914 and have won just six times in their last 29 games together.
  • Oldham were one of the founding teams of the Premier League.
  • Former Liverpool goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis moved from Merseyside in the summer to Oldham, but is yet to appear for the side.
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
34Martin KellyDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
6Fabio AurelioDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
39Craig BellamyStriker
-Dirk KuytStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
38Jon FlanaganDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
21Alex CisakGoalkeeper
25Jean-Yves M'votoDefender
5Z. DiamondDefender
-Kieran LeeMidfielder
18Chris TaylorMidfielder
7James WesolowskiMidfielder
8Dean FurmanMidfielder
17Tom AdeyemiMidfielder
49Luca ScapuzziStriker
-Robbie SimpsonStriker
42Shefki KuqiStriker
43Dean BouzanisGoalkeeper
3Paul BlackDefender
16James TarkowskiDefender
21J. ParkerMidfielder
7Filipe MoraisMidfielder
-Andrea ManciniMidfielder
14Matt SmithStriker
Players to Watch
Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Welshman has worked wonders recently for Liverpool, especially after making the vital difference against Newcastle United last Friday and was unlucky not to have taken the man of the match tag thanks to his captain’s cameo appearance.

Bellamy will be looking to do much of the same as he did last week: getting into great positions to poach chances, whilst being a menace for the Oldham defence to keep track of.

Shefki Kuqi
Shefki Kuqi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 42
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The striker has scored 13 goals in all competitions so far this season and will no doubt love an opportunity to steal the limelight on Friday evening with further goals to add to his growing tally.

Most likely to be playing solo up top, Kuqi will try to wreak havoc amongst the Reds defence and look to pull off an upset at Anfield.   

Prediction
The third round of the FA Cup always springs a surprise result or two and Liverpool know only too well about them. However, with the Reds’ strong reserves aching for some game time, the plucky visitors will likely be no match for the hosts and the Premier League giants should easily progress.
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