FA CUP LIVE: Liverpool v Oldham – follow the action from Anfield as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Liverpool kick off the third round action when they host League One side Oldham at Anfield. The Reds are strong favourites to overcome Paul Dickov's side as they look to better their exit at this stage of the competition last season. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Liverpool 0-0 Oldham (8pm)
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Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher,
Coates, Aurelio, Gerrard, Spearing, Maxi, Shelvey, Bellamy, Kuyt.
Doni, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.
Oldham: Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond,
Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, Robbie Simpson, Kuqi.
Subs: Bouzanis, Black, Morais, Smith, Tarkowski, Parker, Mancini.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
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6min: Fair play to the visitors who are giving this a go, but they are meat and gravy for Craig Bellamy so far who has been unlucky not to see two excellent crosses buried in the back of the net. It's cliche time – this is a typical cup tie with its end-to-end start.
3min: Great chance for Oldham in the opening exchanges with Luca Scapuzzi just failing to control the ball inside the box, otherwise he had an open goal to shoot at.
Kick-off: Oldham get us going.
20.01: And before we get underway, there will be a minute's applause for Gary Ablett who passed away this week.
19.58: Teams are out with Oldham in their change black strip.
19.55: A few dotted red seats around the ground but considering it's a Friday night and not a 'glamour' tie, there is quite a few home fans inside.
And around 6,000 Oldham fans, I wonder how many of them also went to their last trip here in 1993.
19.50: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is handed his first start since late October as manager Kenny Dalglish names a strong team for their FA Cup third round tie at home to Oldham.
Injury-plagued left-back Fabio Aurelio makes his first appearance of the season as the Reds make eight changes from the side which lost at Manchester City on Tuesday.
Oldham make four alterations from their 1-1 draw at Chesterfield, the most significant being the recall of striker Shefki Kuqi at the expense of Monday's goalscorer Matt Smith.
19.43: The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted a certain Mancini on the bench tonight, Roberto it is not though.
However, it is his son Andrea, with the 19-year-old on loan from Manchester City.
What a story it would be if he could come off the bench and steal the show.
After City's 3-0 win over Liverpool earlier this week, Dalglish would have just about had enough of the Mancini clan should the youngster do so.
19.38: Some more stats, this will be the sixth cup meeting between the two teams and the fourth in the FA Cup…Liverpool have won them all.
Way back when: Liverpool's Ian Rush (left) evades a high challenge the last time the teams met at Anfield in 1993
19.35: How time flies by the way. The last time these sides met, it was a Premier League game.
Liverpool won 3-0 at Boundary Park 18 years ago, while the last Anfield meeting in October 1993 resulted in a 2-1 win for the Reds.
The Latics were relegated that season and the top flight hasn't seen them since.
19.30: And the full team news from Anfield:
Liverpool v Oldham
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Aurelio, Gerrard, Spearing, Maxi, Shelvey, Bellamy, Kuyt. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.
Oldham: Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond, Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, Robbie Simpson, Kuqi. Subs: Bouzanis, Black, Morais, Smith, Tarkowski, Parker, Mancini.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
19.27: Oldham starting XI:
Cisak, Lee, Mvoto, Diamond, Taylor, Adeyemi, Wesolowski, Furman, Scapuzzi, R Simpson, Kuqi.
19.24: Of course that will appear to limit how much damage Paul Dickov's side can do tonight. Could they repeat Northampton's shock upset from last season at Anfield It's going to be an uphill task for the League One side.
19.21: I'm surprised just how they strong that Liverpool team is. No one can accuse Kenny Dalglish of treating this competition with disrespect on that starting XI. Good to see Steven Gerrard starting as well.
19.18: Liverpool starting XI:
Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Aurelio, Spearing, Maxi, Gerrard, Shelvey, Kuyt, Bellamy.
19.15: It is one of the best days in the football calender – the third round of the FA Cup.
Well, it was until they decided to play it over half-a-week, but that doesn't take the shine off it for me.
First up is potentially the biggest shock of the round as Oldham visit Liverpool for our sole Friday night game, will this set the tone for the weekend Team news on the way.
Back in business: Steven Gerrard starts his first game since returning from injury