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jordan-henderson-steven-gerrard-liverpoolBlackburn travel to Liverpool in the FA Cup sixth round on Sunday looking to complete a hat-trick of scalps against Premier League opposition.

Rovers have already seen off Premier League opposition in Swansea and Stoke to reach the last eight, although they travel to Liverpool without a win from their last 11 visits to Anfield – a record stretching back to the last FA Cup meeting between the two clubs in January 2000.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have only reached the semi-finals once since last lifting the trophy in 2006, but head in to Sunday’s tie having lost just one their last 16 FA Cup quarter finals.

Team news

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be assessed before a decision is made on whether he is fit enough to face Rovers.

The Reds midfielder has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury but returned to training this week.

Defender Mamadou Sakho is edging closer to a return after four matches out with a hip problem.

Doneil Henry’s whistle-stop start to life as a Blackburn player could well continue with a place in the starting line-up for Gary Bowyer’s side.

The Canadian was signed on loan from West Ham on Wednesday, travelled to Sheffield to meet up with his new team-mates and produced a terrific display a few hours later in a 2-1 win over Wednesday.

Rovers are short in defence with Shane Duffy, Jason Lowe and Alex Baptiste all certain to miss the game while Grant Hanley (leg) is a major doubt. Striker Josh King, who scored a hat-trick in the fifth-round win over Stoke, is also very
unlikely to have recovered from a hamstring injury.

Stats

Blackburn and Liverpool have been drawn together in the FA Cup nine times, with Rovers progressing four times and Liverpool on five occasions (twice after a replay).

Liverpool have kept only three clean sheets in their last 20 FA Cup games, while Blackburn’s last two goals at Anfield were own goals by Reds’ players.

Steven Gerrard made his Premier League debut against Blackburn and has scored four goals in his last six starts against them.

Liverpool have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight FA Cup wins, with six 2-1 victories and two 2-0 triumphs.

Rovers and Liverpool have met at the quarter final stage once, with Blackburn winning 2-1 in 1958.

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