Reds hoping old boys don’t return to haunt their FA Cup dreams
Brendan Rodgers will surely make changes to his starting line-up for the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bolton Wanderers this weekend after his players gave their all in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg with Chelsea.
A draw was scant reward for the effort put in as Liverpool pegged back the Premier League title favourites for long spells after conceding a first-half penalty, converted by Eden Hazard.
England’s Raheem Sterling scored a deserved equaliser and Chelsea had goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to thank for maintaining the status quo – Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all being denied a winner by the Belgian goalkeeper and Steven Gerrard striking the woodwork.
The Reds certainly haven’t given up on the Capital One Cup ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week and Rodgers is also targeting a top four spot in the Premier League with his fast-improving side, which is finally beginning to gel.
Rickie Lambert, Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini are among those who will be hoping for start against Bolton but the Championship side shouldn’t be taken lightly.
They’ve only lost once in 13 matches since Neil Lennon took over the reins at the Macron Stadium and their new-look defence has only conceded seven goals in that time.
They withstood a second-half onslaught by Sheffield Wednesday to win at Hillsborough last week and it will be an emotional return to Anfield for Emile Heskey.
The former England striker spent four years at Liverpool and helped the Reds win the FA Cup in 2001.
Now 37, he made a surprise return to English football with Bolton last month but has already scored a Championship goal for his new club and is looking forward to show he can still hold his own at the top level.
Jay Spearing is another former Liverpool player in the Bolton squad which also features veteran former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eider Gudjohnsen.
This is a match that Liverpool should win but they are only 3/10.
It might be more profitable to back the draw on the handicap at 3/1 with Bolton getting a goal start. Heskey was never a prolific scorer for Liverpool but can be backed at 7/2 to score for Wanderers on his Anfield return.
The match kicks off at 5.35pm on Saturday, January 24th at Anfield.