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TOPIC: Blackburn, at home, Sunday 8th March, KO 1600 UK

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Liverpool continue their assault on the FA Cup with a quarter-final tie against six times winners Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on Sunday afternoon; 4pm kick off UK time. Gary Bowyer’s side stand between us, a return to Wembley and a 24th semi-final appearance in this competition.

The sides last met at Anfield during the 2011/12 Premier League campaign with the match ending in a 1-1 draw and you have to go back to 2000 to find Blackburn’s last victory at L4, which came at the 4th round stage of the FA Cup with Nathan Blake scoring an 84th minute winner. Steven Gerrard featured at right-back that day and he may add to his 20 appearances against Rovers, with only Jamie Carragher, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard (all on 22) having featured more times than Gerrard in this fixture.

Blackburn have already knocked out two Premier League sides en-route to the quarter-finals, eliminating Stoke City (4-1) in the 5th round and Swansea City (3-1) in the 4th round – both at Ewood Park – while fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic were knocked out in round three with Rovers securing a 2-1 victory at the Valley. They currently occupy 10th in the Championship and their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening was their first win away from Ewood Park in 11 attempts. They’ve kept just two clean sheets on their travels all season and have failed to score four times away from home.

The Reds have disposed of AFC Wimbledon (3rd round), Bolton Wanderers (4th round) and Crystal Palace (5th round) as we look to add to our seven tournament victories and in doing so give Gerrard a fairytale send off with the FA Cup final taking place on his 35th birthday on May 30.

Domestically, the Reds are in scintillating form being unbeaten in the last 12 Premier League games (nine wins, three draws). Including both domestic cups since January 1st our record reads played 15, won ten, drawn four, with the 0-1 defeat after extra-time at Chelsea in the semi-final second leg of the Capital One Cup our only blemish.

Liverpool’s previous meetings with Blackburn in the FA Cup:

2000 – 4th Round: Liverpool 0 – 1 Blackburn
1991 – 3rd Round replay: Liverpool 3 – 0 Blackburn
1991 – 3rd Round: Blackburn 1 – 1 Liverpool
1983 – 3rd Round: Blackburn 1 – 2 Liverpool
1979 – 4th Round: Liverpool 1 – 0 Blackburn
1958 – quarter-final: Blackburn 2 – 1 Liverpool
1950 – 3rd Round replay: Liverpool 2 – 1 Blackburn
1950 – 3rd Round: Blackburn 0 – 0 Liverpool
1935 – 4th Round: Blackburn 1 – 0 Liverpool
1904 – 1st Round: Blackburn 3 – 1 Liverpool
1899 – 1st Round: Liverpool 2 – 0 Blackburn

Liverpool’s overall record in the FA Cup:

P: 420 W: 225 D: 90 L: 105 F: 703 A: 399 GD: +304

Liverpool’s record at the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup (including replays):

P: 32 W: 19 D: 7 L: 6 F: 53 A: 20 GD: +32

Liverpool’s previous tournament victories in the FA Cup:

1965 – Liverpool 2 – 1 Leeds Utd
1974 – Liverpool 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd
1986 – Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton
1989 – Liverpool 3 – 2 Everton (after extra time. Normal time ended 1-1)
1992 – Liverpool 2 – 0 Sunderland
2001 – Liverpool 2 – 1 Arsenal
2006 – Liverpool 3 – 3 West Ham Utd (Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties)


Liverpool are without Lucas (thigh), Jones (thigh), Enrique (knee) and Flanagan (knee). Ibe is cup tied and injured (knee). Sakho (thigh) is doubtful

Blackburn are missing Duffy (knee) and King (hamstring).

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho (?), Toure, Moreno
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson , Coutinho, Can, Markovic, Lallana, Allen
Forwards: Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Goalkeepers: Robinson, Eastwood
Defenders: Henley, Spurr, Kilgallon, Hanley (c), Baptiste, Songo’o, Henry
Midfielders: Lowe, Dunn, Cairney, Marshall, Olsson, Williamson, Taylor, Spearing, Lenihan, Evans, Mahoney
Forwards: Brown, Rhodes, Greem, Gestede
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