AFC Wimbledon will be relishing the opportunity to stun Premier League giants Liverpool on Monday in what is arguably the most intriguing tie of FA Cup third round week.
It is a clash that for some brings back memories of the 1988 final, when the original Wimbledon triumphed over the Reds against all the odds. The club began life in its current guise back in 2002 and rapidly worked its way up to the Football League within nine years.
Their manager is former Wimbledon player Neal Ardley, and he has helped establish the club in League Two, overseeing their best performance of the season last time out against Exeter City. The striking combination of goal-poacher Matt Tubbs and the bulky Adebayo Akinfenwa has the potential to cause Liverpool numerous problems.
Brendan Rodgers has experienced FA Cup embarrassment in his time as manager of the visitors, losing at League One Oldham Athletic in 2013, but a performance similar to the one they produced at Championship leaders Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup recently should be enough to ensure progress here.
Much of the build-up has been dominated by the news that Steven Gerrard will leave at the end of the season, and the captain will be determined to end by winning a trophy. Form is somewhat patchy, with a fine display against Swansea City followed by a fortunate draw with lowly Leicester City.
Gerrard is unlikely to start, but defenders Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel are back in contention. The hosts have right-back Barry Fuller and midfielder Sammy Moore available after injury.
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