Liverpool don’t quite know who it is they’ll be facing this January when they kick off their FA Cup campaign in the tournament’s third round, but they know the match will be played at Anfield and their possible opponents have been narrowed down to a pair of League Two minnows.
Over the weekend spanning Friday, January 6th to Monday, January 9th, Liverpool know that they will host either Plymouth Argyle or Newport County. The two sides from EFL’s League Two are set to replay their second round tie following a 0-0 draw over the weekend.
Neither side has any kind of a recent history with Liverpool—and for Newport, it would mark the first meeting between the sides in any competition. Meanwhile, Liverpool haven’t faced off against Argyle since the sides met in the old Second Division in the 1961-62 season.
On paper at least, though, it is Plymouth who look the more capable potential opponent seeing as how they currently stand third in League Two—level on points with the second place side, Carlisle, and only one point back of league leaders Doncaster.
Meanwhile, Newport sit dead last in the division, three points from safety and with their clear priority survival in League Two.