Liverpool host Blackburn Rovers in a quarterfinal FA Cup matchup on Sunday at Anfield. Liverpool enter the match in the midst of a stellar run of play that has seen them go unbeaten in 12 league matches.
The Reds enter as heavy favorites. The fifth-placed Premier League side have rediscovered their form in recent matches, featuring noteworthy play from midfielders Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho along with forward Raheem Sterling. The Reds' most impressive win of late was a 2-1 stunner over second-place Manchester City in which Henderson and Coutinho both delivered exceptional strikes from distance.
Brendan Rodgers’ side advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Crystal Palace in the fifth round. Forward Daniel Sturridge and attacking midfielder Adam Lallana scored to help the Reds earn a 2-1 win. Liverpool have been eliminated from the Europa League and the Champions League, indicating the side can perhaps put more focus and energy into the FA Cup.
Rodgers commented on his side coming into form, especially at Anfield, where they have gone unbeaten over the last 13 matches across all competitions.
“Now we've regained our identity, the home form is so important for us," he said. “We are a horrible team to play against now.”
Rovers may have their hands full in the matchup. The former Premier League side is in the middle of the table in the second-tier Championship League. Blackburn last appeared in the Premier League in the 2011-2012 season. Rovers have done well to advance to the quarterfinal stage and have reveled in matchups where they were perhaps the less talented side. Blackburn made quick work of Stoke City in the fifth round, 4-1. Norwegian striker Joshua King scored a hat trick in the match to help push Rovers onward in the tournament.
Blackburn also feature two scorers in forward Rudy Gestede and striker Jordan Rhodes, who have each scored 13 league goals to tie for the team lead.
TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
Prediction: Blackburn Rovers will not go down easily, but Liverpool is simply playing too well. Coutinho will be difficult for Blackburn to contain.
Liverpool 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers