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Dalglish: Cup final places up for grabs

Dalglish has a selection dilemma (©GettyImages)
Dalglish has a selection dilemma (©GettyImages).

Kenny Dalglish has insisted he is still yet to make his mind up over his starting XI for Liverpool’s FA Cup final showdown against Chelsea.

The Reds take on Fulham on Wednesday, with Andy Carroll back in contention for a starting spot having recovered from injury for the game at Anfield.

Luis Suarez was in sparkling form as his sublime hat-trick helped Liverpool claim a 3-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, but with a game to go before their date at Wembley, Dalglish says no one is guaranteed a starting spot as yet.

"We've said to all of the players we want to give you the best possible chance to be available for selection on Saturday," Dalglish told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"We want the strongest possible squad we can to pick from for Saturday's game, and there are many ways we can do it. If someone needs a break we'll give them a break and if someone needs a game we will give them a game, because every single one of them are more than capable of playing in a cup final for this club.

"It's going to be a difficult selection as it always is but it's a difficult selection for tomorrow night as well. Everybody will be treated fairly and equally and everybody will be allowed to put their CV in for selection on Saturday."

Liverpool go up against Fulham in the hope of finishing their Premier League season on a high having suffered a tumultuous campaign to date.

However if they are to secure three points that could potentially take them above rivals Everton in the table, they must find a way past a Fulham side containing two Liverpool old boys, Danny Murphy and John Arne Riise, that helped the Cottagers secure a 1-0 win earlier in the campaign.

"I'm sure Danny and John Arne will get as good a reception as they are entitled to," said Dalglish. "They get a good reception, then our fans support us, so that's perfect for us and it doesn't undermine any of the players we have on the pitch at any given time."

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