How Liverpool Will Line Up Against Oldham Athletic

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How Liverpool Will Line Up Against Oldham Athletic
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With all due respect to both the FA Cup as a competition and Liverpool’s third-round opponents, Oldham Athletic, this Sunday’s meeting at Anfield must take second priority for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Reds' congested festive fixture schedule has taken its toll on the legs of players, and the chance of a rest until the next league game Sunday, 12 January away to Stoke will come as welcome news to Rodgers’ first team.

The injuries to both Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last month showed the dangers of overplaying in the demands of a heavy fixture schedule. 

With keeping players injury-free and Liverpool’s priority of the league in mind, Rodgers would do well to both rest his regulars and give fringe players their chance to get match-sharp.

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