The Reds may just have too much for battling Rovers
Blackburn Rovers won on their last FA Cup visit to Anfield back in 2000 and the ground holds happy memories for Rovers’ fans as it was there that they won the Premier League title in 1995.
However, that’s putting a bit of a gloss on the Championship side’s recent record against the Reds. They’ve won just two of their last 24 meetings, losing 13, and are big outsiders (37/4) to upset Brendan Rodgers’ in-form side this Sunday.
Progress in the FA Cup has been a bit of struggle so far for Liverpool – they needed a replay to get past Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round and also had to come from behind to beat Crystal Palace in the last 16.
But now they’ve got to the quarter-finals, the tournament has opened up for them if they can knock out Blackburn as Manchester United and holders Arsenal play each other on Monday evening and the other two Premier League clubs remaining, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, are also in direct opposition.
The Merseysiders have won six of their last seven in all competitions and their last five at Anfield. A place in the top four in the Premier League will be their main objective but Rodgers has a big enough squad to sustain an FA Cup challenge.
Kolo Toure, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic are all pressing for a recall if the manager decides to rest a few players but Steven Gerrard may not quite be ready.
Blackburn won at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday but that was their first victory on the road in the league since October, though they did win at Charlton in round three of the FA Cup.
They have put out Premier League teams Swansea City and Stoke City since at Ewood Park but both of those sides had players sent off.
Tom Cairney, Rudy Gestede, Marcus Olsson, Corry Evans and Craig Conway were all rested in midweek, however, and will probably come back into Gary Bowyer’s starting XI but Josh King, hero of their victory over Stoke, is injured and unlikely to feature.
Liverpool should progress to the semi-finals at the first time of asking at 2/7 but expect Blackburn to make them work hard for victory. The draw on the handicap with Rovers getting a goal start is 29/10.
The Sixth Round FA Cup tie kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, March 8 at Anfield.