Liverpool v Oldham: Match Preview

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Liverpool v Oldham Athletic

FA Cup Third Round, Anfield, Friday, 6th January, 20:00 KO.


Jamie Carragher is in contention to feature after falling down the pecking order at Anfield recently, with Kenny Dalglish set to give 'fringe' players their chance against the Latics.

Steven Gerrard is also tipped to feature on the road-to-recovery from his ankle infection, whilst Luis Suarez will miss out again as part of his eight-match ban.

Oldham boss Paul Dickov has Shefki Kuqi back in contention up-front, although Matt Smith will be hoping to get the nod again after scoring on Monday.

On loan Luca Scapuzzi, Tom Adeyemi and Nathan Clarke are all expected to be available.

Reds' reserves to get Cup chance

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has confirmed a handful of first team regulars will be rested for tonight's FA Cup third round clash against Oldham.

The Latics travel to Anfield off the back of Monday's Npower League One draw at Chesterfield, with Paul Dickov's side stuck in mid-table and seven points off the play-off places.

And, whilst 'King Kenny' insists the Reds will not be taking their lower-league opponents lightly, he's hoping to give some of the 'fringe' players a chance to impress on Merseyside.

"The FA Cup has been undermined in many ways and in many quarters, for varying reasons. But we certainly won't ever undermine it," Dalglish told the official Liverpool website.

"It's a competition that's there to be won so we'll go into the Oldham game with the same attitude and desire as we went into the Carling Cup. The Carling Cup is something people have done the same with - undermined and undervalued.

"But we went about our job as well as we possibly could and we've got our reward for that. We've always said how strong the squad is and maybe it's an opportunity for us to give the people in that squad the gratitude they deserve by giving them an opportunity to start the game, but that's not to say we're undermining or being disrespectful in any way.

"We'll treat Oldham with complete respect."

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