Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Bolton Wanderers tonight at the Macron Stadium has all the suspect ingredients for a classic English domestic cup tie.
After a goalless stalemate at Anfield late last month, the Trotters will fancy themselves in front of a fervent and expectant home crowd against a Liverpool team who do possess defensive frailties and offensive mishaps more often than would be hoped by many Reds
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his star striker Daniel Sturridge may not be fit enough to start tonight but has stated his satisfaction at the rapid response Sturridge has made in finding the goal.
Sturridge came on as a substitute and scored within 15 minutes of being on the field in his sides’ 2-0 home win against West Ham United on Saturday after a five-month injury absence.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who was rested for the West Ham encounter, will be hoping that the FA Cup will bring him his swansong glory he so consummately deserves for being such an exemplary servant and one-club-man to Liverpool Football Club.
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He and all associated with the club will also be aware that both Chelsea and Manchester City are already out of the cup following embarrassing two goal deficit home defeats to Bradford City and Middlesborough respectively in round four.
This means that the two other English top dogs in Arsenal and Manchester United stand in Liverpool - or more sentimentally important - Steven Gerrard's way to cup glory.
Crystal Palace will keep a keen eye on this encounter as they prepare to host tonight’s winners in Round 5 on Valentine’s weekend.
Expect non-stop action and high intensity as the home team go all out against a
susceptibly glamorous Liverpool.