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The referee brings the game to a close.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil by Raheem Sterling.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Mikel Arteta.
Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Yaya Sanogo goes off and Olivier Giroud comes on.
Kieran Gibbs challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Jon Flanagan challenges Yaya Sanogo unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillippe Coutinho.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
Free kick taken by Brad Jones.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mesut Ozil.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.
Nacho Monreal produces a cross.
The offside flag is raised against Kieran Gibbs.
Phillippe Coutinho sends in a cross.
Shot by Luis Suarez. Lukasz Fabianski safely holds on.
Clearance by Nacho Monreal.
Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
Free kick crossed by Santi Cazorla.
Kieran Gibbs on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Clearance by Daniel Agger.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
Raheem Sterling delivers the ball.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Santi Cazorla coming on for Lukas Podolski.
Handball decision goes against Yaya Sanogo.
Shot by Luis Suarez. Lukasz Fabianski catches the ball.
Clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez. Mikel Arteta gets a block in.
Mikel Arteta challenges Jon Flanagan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance by Carl Jenkinson.
Jordan Henderson comes on in place of Aly Cissokho.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Laurent Koscielny.
Unfair challenge on Yaya Sanogo by Daniel Agger results in a free kick.
Carl Jenkinson manages to make a clearance.
Penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool.
Lukas Podolski concedes a Penalty for a foul on Luis Suarez.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski catches the ball.
Mesut Ozil takes a shot. Brad Jones blocks the ball.
Shot by Luis Suarez went over the crossbar.
Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Phillippe Coutinho fouled by Lukas Podolski, the ref awards a free kick.
Foul by Mathieu Flamini on Joe Allen, free kick awarded.
Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
Brad Jones restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yaya Sanogo on Daniel Agger.
The ball is delivered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The ball is swung over by Yaya Sanogo.
Lukas Podolski scores a right footed goal. Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lukasz Fabianski parries the ball but the danger is not over.
The second half has started.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Foul by Yaya Sanogo on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded.
Yaya Sanogo takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
Luis Suarez takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lukasz Fabianski fumbles the ball.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Carl Jenkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge.
A cross is delivered by Lukas Podolski.
Mesut Ozil produces a cross.
Mathieu Flamini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard.
Short corner taken by Joe Allen from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Jon Flanagan by Lukas Podolski results in a free kick.
Lukas Podolski fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick.
Phillippe Coutinho fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge.
Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
The ball is swung over by Jon Flanagan.
Nacho Monreal manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Luis Suarez.
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Lukas Podolski results in a free kick.
Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Luis Suarez on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Phillippe Coutinho from the right by-line.
Free kick crossed by Mesut Ozil.
Phillippe Coutinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nacho Monreal on Luis Suarez.
Clearance made by Aly Cissokho.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores with a right foot finish. Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool.
Yaya Sanogo takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.
Mikel Arteta crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Jon Flanagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacho Monreal.
Corner taken by Mesut Ozil.
Nacho Monreal delivers the ball.
Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the left by-line.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Nacho Monreal.
Shot by Daniel Sturridge went wide of the right-hand post.
Mikel Arteta challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
Shot by Daniel Sturridge. A parry by Lukasz Fabianski prevents the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Yaya Sanogo.
The match begins.
Gnabry ready to take his chance
Combative midfielder Serge Gnabry feels the FA Cup is the perfect opportunity for Arsenal's youngsters to show they have what it takes to hold their own in the first team.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his side for Sunday afternoon's fifth-round showdown against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, with perhaps one eye on next week's crunch Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
That could mean the likes of striker Olivier Giroud and vice-captain Mikel Arteta are given a breather, which would open the door again for 18-year-old Gnabry - who started both the previous ties against Tottenham and Coventry - to have another chance to impress.
"I am eager to get back in the team and I'm trying my best in training," German youth international Gnabry said in Arsenal's matchday programme.
"I am hoping to catch the manager's eye and hoping to get back in the starting XI.
"The FA Cup is a great opportunity for young players. I really enjoy playing in the competition and I hope we make it to the final.
"We have got a chance, and it doesn't matter who is still in the cup because in the end you have to play the best teams.
"I think it is going to be a great game for sure and we just want to make it to the next round."
Wenger maintains he will not make too many changes which would compromise the integrity of his side.
"I play a team with a good opportunity, a good chance to qualify," he said.
"Will I rest one player, or two or three? I don't know yet. Certainly we will just have one focus, which is to win the game."
Wenger insists there can be no thoughts of what happened against Liverpool last weekend, when his team were thrashed 5-1 at Anfield, where they trailed 4-0 inside the opening 20 minutes.
"You can say what you want, when you just conceded five goals you do not go into the next game and act like nothing happened," said Wenger, whose side drew 0-0 at home to Manchester United on Wednesday.
"I feel that we got the mental response I expected from the team - hugely committed, but with a bit more confidence and were a bit more composed on the ball."
Santi Cazorla is struggling with a virus, but midfielder Mathieu Flamini is available again following a three-match suspension.
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger's return to fitness could be just the lift his defence needs after their leakiness was exposed in recent weeks.
The Reds have kept only two clean sheets against top-flight opposition since mid-December and individual errors have contributed to that disappointing tally.
Kolo Toure has been responsible for two mistakes in three matches, gifting an equaliser to West Brom and then scoring an own goal against Fulham in midweek and his place is most under threat from Agger's return to the squad after missing six matches with a calf problem - a spell in which they kept just one clean sheet.
But while the purists may rejoice at the return of Liverpool's only genuine ball-playing centre-half - whose ability fits perfectly with Rodgers' insistence of building from the back - the manager stressed the most important thing about a defender was being able to do his primary job properly.
"I like defenders to defend first," he said ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Arsenal, the team they smashed 5-1 in the league at Anfield last weekend.
"Everyone talks about ball-playing centre-halves but you have to be able to defend and be able to cope with that first.
"Obviously if you have the qualities then we want you to play because it is important how we build our game and there is no doubt Daniel Agger is an outstanding footballer."
While Liverpool have dragged themselves into the Premier League title race, sitting just four points off the top in fourth place, Rodgers insists that will not affect their cup preparations.
In fact, he believes Arsenal's pending Champions League clash at home to Bayern Munich next week may have more bearing on the fixture.
"We want to win the FA Cup, that's our objective," he added.
"We've got no midweek game so we can go as strong as we wish to go.
"It's probably different for Arsenal, who have a massive game after ourselves in the Champions League, so they may have to look at it differently. We won't need to rest anybody.
"We want to do it for the club. Since I've been here we have changed the squad around in order to try and help us in the league.
"When I have made too many changes we haven't been good enough and that's seen us go out of tournaments earlier than I would want.
"This year we wanted to do well in the cup competitions - hence the reason why we've been strong.
"We want to get to Wembley, not for the semi-final, but for the final.
If we're there for the final, then it gives us a chance to win it."
Rodgers believes their league form, which has seen them drop just four points in seven matches since the turn of the year, stands them in good stead for a trip to the Emirates.
They were boosted by their last-minute win at Fulham in midweek where captain Steven Gerrard set up one goal and scored the winning penalty as the Reds twice came from behind for victory.
"That was a truly a world-class player," he said.
"There are a number of world-class players when they are 2-0 up in the game but you see world-class whenever you are down in the game.
"His pass (for Daniel Sturridge's goal, Liverpool's first equaliser) and his composure at the end showed the team is full of confidence.
"The result the other night gave us great confidence because we weren't at our best in terms of what we were against Arsenal but we still made 650-odd passes in the game.
"We came from behind twice and the calmness showed in the build-up to the penalty.
"We kept probing and passing, trying to find the space and not lumping it into the box playing panic football.
"That was pleasing with the calm nature we got the winner."
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