Why Liverpool won't repeat biggest mistake of 2013

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Liverpool fell to a forgettable 3-2 defeat at Oldham this time last year but only six of the 14 that featured that day are likely to play this time around.

Liverpool's 3-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic last season was undoubtedly the low point of their season.

Two goals from Matt Smith, along with a third from Reece Wabara, cancelled out strikes from Luis Suarez and Joe Allen, they fell at the first hurdle.

As fate would have it, the two sides have been paired together again in this year's FA Cup, with Liverpool this time hosting the League One side on Saturday.

But lightning does not look as though it will strike twice.

And, apart from the fact that the Reds will be at Anfield this time around, there is one key statistic that makes a repeat of last season's upset extremely unlikely.

Indeed, only six of the 14 players that featured against the Latics are likely to play in this Saturday's cup tie.

In fact, five of them are not even at Liverpool anymore, with Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing having been sold in the summer, while Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and Fabio Borini are out on loan this term.

Sebastian Coates and Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, are out injured, leaving only Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.

Goalkeeper Brad Jones is still at the club but manager Brendan Rodgers may think twice about selecting him, considering his infamous error when the two sides met last year.

Overall, then, the Reds look a completely different outfit to last season, with the changes acting as a sign of progression, especially as Liverpool currently sit fourth in the Premier League.

Perhaps an equally poignant step forward would be to lay some demons to rest against Oldham.

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