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GUARDIAN – Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers: FA Cup – live!

Updates from the fourth-round tie at AnfieldEmail barry.glendenning@theguardian.com and tweet @bglendenningFollow the live scores from Britain and Europe here 4.33pm GMT The case for an upset: Did you know that Liverpool and Bolton have met on eight occasions in the FA Cup and it’s Bolton who have advanced on all but two occasions? Liverpool have drawn a blank in three of their four FA Cup matches against Bolton at Anfield and have only kept two clean sheets in their past 17 FA Cup matches.The case against an upset: The FA Cup final could mark Steven Gerrard’s final appearance in a Liverpool shirt and is being played on his birthday. Also, Liverpool have far more money than Bolton, are better at football than Bolton and looked very impressive indeed against Chelsea earlier this week. With the return leg of that Capital One Cup semi-final looming, Gerrard will be rested today, but Brendan Rodgers has said that 17-year-old midfielder his heir apparent, 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Rossiter, will definitely “be involved” this evening. 4.33pm GMT Bolton Wanderers: Having replaced Dougie Freedman as manager of Bolton Wanderers in October early, Neil Lennon has overseen nine wins, four draws and just three defeats in all competitions, leading the financially hamstrung Trotters out of the drop zone and up to the dizzy heights of 15th in the process. Tonight’s run-out against Liverpool at Anfield will provide Lennon, his players and their supporters with a welcome distraction from the grind of the Championship. ““We’re taking 30 to 40 buses from here to Anfield,” he said. This club has been starved of days like this. We have to get the performance right. There’s no point going there and getting hammered.” 4.30pm GMT Liverpool: Eighth in the Premier League with 35 points, Liverpool are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have been looking a lot more stout in defence since their manager Brendan Rodgers introduced a new 3-4-2-1 system against Manchester United last month. ““I felt that somewhere it would come, it was just a case of finding solutions to allow us to do that,” said Rodgers. “The restructuring of the system has allowed the players to come in and work this way. It’s given them comfort defensively and made us a real creative threat with the ball. Now we’re seeing the quality of the new players and how they have settled.” 4.30pm GMT Welcome to our minute-by-minute coverage of this fourth round FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. This evening marks the return of EMile Heskey to Anfield, where he enjoyed so much success as he helped Liverpool to their famous treble of 2000-01. I met the big man earlier this week to discuss his psychic relationship with Michael Owen and other things ahead of today’s match. You can watch the video below, while a longer written version will materialise before your eyes if you click on this link. He’s a top lad, is Emile. No doubt he’ll get a warm reception if he features for the Championship side tonight. Continue reading…

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