I talk to Gavin from Vital Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie
Q: Liverpool face Bolton amidst a fine run of form, how confident are you ahead of this game?
A: Very, but then again we’ve been shocked on several previous occasions in recent years when facing opponents we’re expected to beat, even at Anfield. After a difficult start to the season dealing with injuries and the integration of a host of new players, we’ve finally found our form of late so hopefully that will not happen again this time around.
Q: With Brendan Rogers likely to concentrate on the team`s league efforts, do you feel that player more on the periphery are likely to feature for the Reds?
A: I think there will be a number of changes but that’s primarily because the game is squeezed between the two Capital One Cup semi-finals with Chelsea. Otherwise a stronger side would have been likely, especially as Rodgers is on record as saying he would love a trophy this season after going so close last year. Unlike previous campaigns, we’ve got a greater strength in depth now so it should still be a relatively strong side whoever the gaffer selects.
Q: Bolton have been in good form of late, who do you see as their biggest threat?
A: To be honest I’ve not seen a great deal of Bolton this season, although your dramatic upturn in fortunes under Neil Lennon is clear for all to see. Despite being beset with injury problems in recent years, Chung-yong Lee is an extremely talented player who impressed me during your time in the Premier League. Of course there is always the potential for former players to raise their game and come back to haunt you, so in that regard we will be keeping a close eye on Emile Heskey and, to a lesser extent, Jay Spearing.
Q: Who do you see as Liverpool`s biggest threat?
A: It depends on who plays but Jordan Ibe could be one to watch after being recalled from his loan spell at Derby County. The young winger was doing so well there that by ending the loan early one can only assume he will be given game time by Rodgers. Of the more senior players, Rickie Lambert will probably feature and this could be the perfect opportunity for him to show exactly what he can offer.
Q: Finally, what are your predictions for the game?
A: I doubt there will be too much in it. Hopefully both teams will be positive and we’ll see plenty of goals. I’ll go 3-2 to Liverpool.