Friday, 14th February, 2014

Brendan Rodgers accepts that Liverpool's meeting with Arsenal on Sunday is a "different game" to their recent 5-1 drubbing of Arsene Wenger's side last weekend, but feels the result can still have a psychological influence on the Gunners.

Liverpool journey south to the Emirates Stadium for an FA Cup clash with progressing in the competition on their minds and Rodgers explaining he plans to rest no players for the game, in a sign of its importance to the Merseyside giants.

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It was put to the Liverpool manager at a press conference today that Wenger's team-talk may have been done for him with the 5-1 loss – but Rodgers believes the upcoming game will be another kettle of fish.

"It's a different game, a different competition", he explained.


"I trust the players, we know it's going to be a difficult game – no question about that.

"But I think we came out of the game last week with great confidence and belief."

However, Rodgers does believe that, despite Sunday being a fresh slate, the 5-1 mauling may have some impact on the meeting, at least from a mental point of view.

"I think it's one that can stick in their mind that wee bit more", he added.

Liverpool did lose at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, going down to 2-0 to Arsenal in a Premier League game.

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