Liverpool set for the Turf

Last updated : 05 December 2004 By Tony Scholes

Rafael Benitez - at the Turf for his first ever FA Cup tie
It is eight years since we played them in any competition, that also in the FA Cup 3rd round when Adrian Heath’s team went down 1-0 at Anfield to a Stan Collymore goal. Two years earlier they had been visitors to the Turf for a 4th round tie that ended goalless before Jimmy Mullen came close to losing his house in a 3-0 replay defeat.

This will be the tenth occasion we have met in the FA Cup. We won through in the first three, including the 1914 final and the 1947 semi-final but Liverpool have come out on top in the six since.

Currently seventh in the Premiership they drew 1-1 at Aston Villa yesterday with Harry Kewell grabbing his first goal of the season to open the scoring with Villa equalising just before half time.

The tie will be played on Saturday 8th January 2005 although that could be moved should it attract the attentions of either the BBC or Sky for live coverage. The fee is reduced now for the earlier rounds but would still fetch us an extra £150,000 should the match be selected.

The full draw is:

Arsenal v Stoke City

Swindon Town or Notts County v Middlesbrough

Manchester United v Exeter City

Plymouth Argyle v Everton

Leicester City v Blackpool

Derby County v Wigan Athletic

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Millwall

Yeading v Newcastle United

Hull City v Colchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion

Reading v Stockport County or Swansea City

Birmingham City v Leeds United

Hartlepool United v Boston United

Franchise v Peterborough United

Oldham Athletic v KKMC

Chelsea v Scunthorpe United

Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers

Charlton Athletic v Rochdale

West Ham United v Norwich City

Sheffield United v Aston Villa

Preston North End v West Bromwich Albion

Rotherham United v Yeovil Town

Burnley v Liverpool

Bournemouth v Chester City

Coventry City v Crewe Alexandra

Watford v Fulham

Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers

Portsmouth v Gillingham

Northampton Town v Southampton

Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest

Luton Town v Hinckley or Brentford