With a waterlogged pitch delaying the third round tie between AFC Bournemouth and Burton Albion, Liverpool didn't find out until late yesterday who they would face in the fourth round of the competition after dispatching Oldham earlier in the month. Now they know they will be travelling to the south coast to face Bournemouth.
The match is set to kick off at 12L45PM GMT on Saturday, January 25th, and it will be televised live by ITV. The last time Liverpool and Bournemouth faced off was all the way back in the third round of the 1968 FA Cup, when Bournemouth forced a third round replay that Liverpool then won 4-1.
"I feel that they are one of the best sides to watch at the moment," said Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick of the Premier League side coming to town. "Their philosophies and the way the play the game is remarkable and it should be admired. It`s probably one of the strongest Liverpool teams we`ve seen for a while, so to play against them will be a great occasion."
Manager Eddie How, meanwhile, says belief is key in Bournemouth's upset hopes: "I think you have to believe you can cause an upset and go into the game with a positive attitude. It's a no-lose situation for us. It will be incredibly difficult depending on what team Brendan Rodgers plays, but having Real Madrid and Liverpool in one season can't be bad for the football club."
Bournemouth hosted Madrid in pre-season, losing 6-0 to the Spanish giants. The promoted side, in the Championship for only the second time in their history, currently stand a comfortable 16th, nine points above the relegation zone. Travelling Liverpool fans will be allocated 15% of the tickets at Bournemouth's ground, Dean Court.