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Predicted Liverpool XI to play Arsenal - Agger in, Toure out

Match to be played on Sunday February 16 2014 at 16:00 GMT. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers won’t need to wind up his players ahead of the FA Cup game against Arsenal, as the Anfield side continue a remarkable season.

Liverpool will be full of confidence after the drubbing they handed Arsenal last weekend and they will be boosted by the late winner scored by Steven Gerrard against Fulham last night.

The boss could make a couple of tweaks to his possible starting side.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian has made mistakes this season but each time he’s responded positively. He looked shaky at times against Fulham but played well last weekend.

RB – Jon Flanagan

It’s important for Rodgers to try and keep Flanagan in the side while he’s full of confidence and in good form. He should savour the contest of whoever he’s up against down his side.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel had a great game against the Gunners last weekend. He should line up in the heart of the back four and will be a key leader in the side if things don’t start the way Liverpool would hope.

CB – Daniel Agger

They time may have come to give Kolo Toure a rest after a couple of bad errors. Agger should be up for the chance of securing his starting place again regularly.

LB – Aly Cissokho

The on loan left-back will get his head down and go about his business. Defensively he’s looking okay and he provides good width on the left when he gets the chance to go forward.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling won’t have as much of the game as he did last weekend. His pace will be a vital asset on the counter attack and he needs to exploit space which Arsenal leave.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson has started every Premier league game for Liverpool this season. He doesn’t look fatigued and should keep his place.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard can sit and hold, he can play down either side and he can push further forward to aid the attack. His experience will also be key in terms of keeping the side well organised.

LM – Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho may be named on the left but he won’t stay there. He can drift into central positions and even rotate with Daniel Sturridge in attack.

ST – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is going to be a very important player for Liverpool in this game. The side may need him to play wide if they’re under a lot of pressure but he’s been superb this season when he’s been able to get forward and partner Suarez up front.

ST – Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan will do what he does best, which is lead the attack, occupy defenders, drag players out of position and create space. It won’t be a surprise in the slightest if he bags the winner.

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