Liverpool will need to overcome a recently rejuvenated Cardiff City side if they want to reach the FA Cup fifth round, as the two sides meet at Anfield on Sunday. This is the first of three games in the competition today, with Nottingham Forest facing an intriguing test against Leicester City and, later, Bournemouth hosting Boreham Wood.
The Reds are of course heavy favourites, but will be mindful of surprises suffered by top-flight sides already this weekend, after Manchester United were knocked out on penalties by Middlesbrough and both West Ham and Chelsea faced upsets before turning matters around. Liverpool and Cardiff met in the final of the League Cup final back in 2012; in this competition the Reds reached the FA Cup final in the same year – losing to Chelsea – while the Bluebirds were beaten 2008 finalists.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are already through to one domestic cup final later this month and they’ll hope to continue their chances of reaching another here – potentially with new signing Luis Diaz making his debut at some stage. Follow all the FA Cup fourth-round updates below, PLUS the fifth-round draw:
FA Cup fourth round: Previous meetings between Liverpool and Cardiff
Liverpool and Cardiff have clashed competitively on 34 previous occasions, though not in the FA Cup since a third-round showdown back in 1930, when the visitors won 2-1 at Anfield.
Their last meeting was in 2018-19 when Jürgen Klopp’s men did the double over Cardiff in the Premier League.
Ten years ago this month, Liverpool and Cardiff faced off at Wembley in a League Cup final that had to be settled on penalties. The match ended in a dramatic 2-2 with Liverpool eventually winning the shootout 3-2.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:27
FA Cup fourth round: Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s Africa Cup of Nations exploits will help Liverpool
The pair go head-to-head in the tournament final in Cameroon just hours after their colleagues host Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield.
Both have made pivotal contributions in helping their nations get to the showpiece with Mane scoring three goals and providing two assists, with Salah netting twice with one assist.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:23
FA Cup fourth round: Morison on traveling to Anfield
Cardiff City boss Steve Morison faces the biggest match of his managerial career so far when his team comes up against Liverpool today but he’s looking forward to the challenge. He said:
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:19
FA Cup fourth round
The big teams news coming out of Liverpool is that Harvey Elliott is named on the bench for the first time since September after recovering from a bad leg injury.
New signing Luis Diaz is also included in the squad and could play a part today.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:15
FA Cup fourth round: Liverpool vs Cardiff team changes
Jurgen Klopp makes fives changes to the starting XI that face Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League. Caoimhin Kelleher replaces Alisson Becker in goal with Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas replacing Joel Matip and Andy Robertson in defence. Naby Keita starts alongside Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones in midfield with Takumi Minamino replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin up top.
Steve Morison sweeps in the changes from Cardiff’s last Championship match against Barsnley. Only Perry Ng, Mark McGuinness and Will Vaulks keep their places in the starting XI.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:07
FA Cup fourth round: Liverpool vs Cardiff line-ups
Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Keita, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Firmino
Cardiff XI: Phillips, Ng, McGuinness, Flint, Denham, Bagan, Vaulhs, King, Pack, Harris, Collins
Michael Jones6 February 2022 11:00
FA Cup fourth round: Today’s action
The fourth round of the FA Cup concludes today with the final three fixtures. Liverpool vs Cardiff kicks off at 12pm and is followed by Nottingham Forest vs Leicester at 4pm and finally Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood at 6.30pm.
The draw for the fifth round takes place just before Liverpool and Cardiff kick off with coverage starting on ITV around 11.15am – about 20 minutes away – before that though, we should have the team news from the early kick.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 10:56
FA Cup fourth round: Previous results
Liverpool hosted Shrewsbury when they entered the competition at the third round stage. Daniel Udoh gave the visitors the perfect start by sending them in front in the 27th minute but Kaide Gordon equalized seven minutes later and Liverpool never looked back.
Fabinho bagged a brace and Roberto Firmino also scored as the Reds completed a professional 4-1 over the League One club.
In the last round Cardiff were drawn against Preston North End in an all-Championship tie.
Isaak Davies edged the hosts in front three minutes before the interval at Cardiff City Stadium, but Daniel Johnson’s penalty brought Preston level shortly after the restart.
Extra-time was required to separate the teams and it was Cardiff who progressed courtesy of Mark Harris’ 116th-minute winning goal.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 10:52
FA Cup fourth round: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool players will only get picked on merit
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no room for sentiment in his team selection and previous performance is no guarantee of a regular place.
However, the arrival of Colombia winger Luis Diaz in a £37.5million transfer from Porto looks like the second stage, after Diogo Jota’s signing in September 2020, of refreshing his famed forward line.
Michael Jones6 February 2022 10:46
FA Cup fourth round: Morison on team changes
Cardiff City manager Steve Morison spoke about the potential changes to his starting XI today and how to balance the side with players missing through injury and cup ties. He said:
Michael Jones6 February 2022 10:41