Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Team News V Oldham

Liverpool: Team News V Oldham

Spanish duo Pepe Reina and Jose Enrique will both be missing through injury whilst Glen Johnson is doubtful...

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers faces a number of interesting selection choices this afternoon as his side travel to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round.

In the previous round, where the Reds sneaked past non-league Mansfield Town, a number of established first-team stars including Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard were removed from the starting eleven to give others an opportunity.

Against Oldham a similar scenario is likely to occur although Rodgers did point out at his pre-match conference that he won't be taking anything for granted at Boundary Park.

"We'll take a strong squad because we don't want to hold back... We want to win a trophy," claimed the former Swansea boss on Friday.

"Of course, we want to progress in the league and get into those top four positions. It's going to be difficult this season for us to do that but we're certainly going to fight in order to get there.

"The cup competitions give you the opportunity to get your hands on a trophy. We enter every competition to win and this is a competition we're still in and one that we want to progress in. You're judged on your trophies."

Definitely unavailable for selection is left-back Jose Enrique, who remains sidelined for another week with a torn hamstring sustained over the Christmas period.

Joining his fellow Spaniard on the sidelines is first-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina who will again not be risked following a groin problem aggravated against Manchester United a fortnight ago. Brad Jones will therefore remain between the sticks, especially as Reina also suffered a broken nose during the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

In addition Rodgers has a concern over right-back Glen Johnson who, like Enrique, has a hamstring issue, although in his case it is currently just tightness.

"Johnson has been stiff in his hamstring so we're monitoring the risk in that for the weekend. Nothing serious, but something we'll assess over the next 24 hours," revealed Rodgers also at Friday's press conference.

The ex-Chelsea man has been filling in at left-back of late with Andre Wisdom playing on the right. If absent, either youngster Jack Robinson or winger Stewart Downing will probably cover the position.

Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso will be hopeful of featuring again after all four received rare starts in the previous round.

Possible line-up
Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Carragher, Robinson, Lucas, Allen, Shelvey, Downing, Suso, Sturridge.

Vital Liverpool predicts a 2-1 Reds victory

Click here to read former Red Mark Lawrenson's prediction

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

Not a Vital Liverpool member? It's a 100% free to join and get involved. Plus it only takes a few moments to sign up. Click here to become a member now!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Sunday January 27 2013
Time: 11:48AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Confirmed LFC Starting X1: Jones, Wisdom, Robinson, Coates, Skrtel, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Borini, Sturridge, Suarez. Subs: Gulasci, Carragher, Shelvey, Lucas, Downing, Gerrard, Suso.
The Bagman
27/01/2013 15:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: Reds Reject £8m Swans Bid For Joe Allen

Midfielder looks destined to depart but the club are currently holding out for more money

Liverpool: LFC Euro 2016 Round-Up (23/06/2016)

The Group stage is now complete and here's how the host of Liverpool players on duty in France faired in their latest outings

Liverpool: The Weekly LFC News Update (22/06/2016)

A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days

Liverpool: Reds Consider Improved Ben Chilwell Bid

Leicester City have placed a £10million asking price on their England U21 full-back

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Do LFC Need To Strengthen Most This Summer?
Suggested By: Editor
In goal9%
Defence27%
Midfield6%
Attack6%
All over52%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Bagman2
2.BigRed831