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Liverpool predicted line-up v Bolton Wanderers

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Liverpool look to continue their fine cup form on Saturday as they host Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield.

With the Premier League title now out of the question, manager Brendan Rodgers is now putting more focus on winning his first piece of silverware on Merseyside.

The Reds are still in the League Cup and met Chelsea on Tuesday night in the first-leg of the semi-final and were unlucky not to win the game after dominating throughout, drawing 1-1 with the West London side.

If Rodgers had to choose, he would likely abandon the League Cup to triumph in the FA Cup, a trophy with much more prestige.

The final of this year's tournament takes place on May 30, the same day as Steven Gerrard's 35th birthday and it would be a fitting tribute for the Liverpool captain to go out in style before he leaves for LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

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Rodgers' outfit have been in fine form in recent weeks, with away defeats against Sunderland and Aston Villa and the summer recruits are beginning to intergrade. themselves into the side.

Since Neil Lennon took the helm at Bolton in October, they have too turned a corner. The Trotters have surged themselves out of a relegation battle and lie 15th in the Championship and have lost just one of their last ten league matches.

Liverpool have a busy period ahead of them from now until May and it's likely that Rodgers will make several changes to rest some of his key players.

Liverpool: Predicted line-up

Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet

With Brad Jones still out injured, it's highly likely that Simon Mignolet will line-up in between the sticks. The Belgian had a surprisingly quiet evening against Chelsea on Tuesday and had just one shot on target at him which was Edin Hazard's penalty.

However, Mignolet has played with more confidence over the last few weeks and began getting off his line quicker and earlier. He'll have the pair of Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen looking to pounce against him and will have to be alert as their experience means they could bury even a half chance.

Centre-back - Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson has been out injured for the over a month however after returning to full training earlier this week, he could well make his come back. The position on the right-hand side of the three central defenders was first tailored for the England international and he will be looking to earn his place back from Emre Can, who has occupied the role in the mean time.

Can has highlighted that you must be comfortable on the ball to be successful in this position and that is a criteria Johnson meets.

Centre-back - Dejan Lovren

Martin Skrtel has been top-class in his last three games and deserves a break for this game.

Dejan Lovren could be Skrtel's replacement and the Croatian has plenty to prove at Anfield. He made his move from Southampton in August for £20 million but has failed to live up to the hefty price-tag and put in a number of under-par performances.

Lovren has had little playing time over the last few weeks, but a solid effort against Bolton could see him regain his place at the back.

Centre-back - Mamdou Sakho

The writing was always on the table for Mamadou Sakho to come good for the Merseyside club, but he could never quite put all of his tools together last term.

This season has been the opposite and the former PSG man has finally found his feet. His performance against Jose Mourinho's side on Tuesday was top-draw, outmuscling Oscar and not letting the Brazilian play at all.

Bolton are likely to inflict their physical presence into the Reds on Saturday but Sakho will likely relish the task.

Right wing-back - Javier Manquillo

The last time that Javier Manquillo started for the Reds was in the last round of the FA Cup when they beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1. In that game, it was the Spaniard set up Gerrard for his opening goal when crossing an inch-perfect ball that found that head of the Liverpool skipper.

Manquillo was on the receiving end of a nasty challenge early on against the Dons and never looked like he fully recovered and should improve for this tie.

Centre-midfield - Jordan Rossiter

Jordan Rossiter made his Liverpool debut during his side's victory against Middlesbrough in the League Cup and has not made an appearance for the first-team since. He's been making good progress for the U21's and has come on leaps and bounds since his last game and Rodgers is apparently keen to give the 18-year-old another run out.

Centre-midfield - Jordan Henderson

With Gerrard likely to be rested to be fresh for the League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday, Jordan Henderson will take the captaincy.

His effort against Villa when stewarding the Liverpool team was excellent and put in a captain's performance, winning the ball back for his side and picking the right passes to begin attacks.

Left wing-back - Jose Enrique

Often this season, Jose Enrique has been used as a substitute and has not had many options playing from the first whistle.

Alberton Moreno has impressed in this role and suited his style more. It could be the same for Enrique who enjoys bombing forward when given the chance and can be a handful for any defender.

Attacking-midfield - Adam Lallana

When Adam Lallana struck his half-volley against Chelsea on Tuesday, it looked to be flying past Thibaut Courtois, only for the Belgian to make an excellent stop.

Lallana's return from injury has come as a welcomed boosted to the Reds and the England international was beginning to become a massive part of the Liverpool side before picking a thigh strain against Leicester. He will likely be the brains behind his side's attacks.

Attacking-midfield - Emre Can

The German has been playing as a defender for a number of weeks, but Lucas deserves a rest and Can is just 20-years-old, the fresher of the two.

Can was purchased from Bayer Leverkusen as a centre-midfielder despite his versatility and will slot into the middle of the park with no problems. His performance against Chelsea was highly praised, despite fouling Hazard to give away a penalty, and is starting to become a key player in the Liverpool side.

He looked to avenge that mistake throughout the match, taking the game to Chelsea and was effective with the ball at his feet. Playing in an advanced role on Saturday, he will once again be able to get forward and cause problems for the Trotters' back-four.

Striker - Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli has missed Liverpool's last two games through illness and will be desperate to play against Bolton. The Italian has not scored for the Reds since October against Swansea City in the League Cup and that will be niggling on his mind and knows he has to improve quickly.

Rodgers is determined that Balotelli will come good at the Reds and has given him a number of chances even when his form has been pretty woeful .

After goals in recent weeks from Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert, the former Inter Milan man will have realised he has serious competition at Anfield and could easily end up at the bottom of the pile.

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