It is a nightmare draw for under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva — if he is still in charge when the tie takes place at the beginning of January. Everton have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield in any competition since 1999.
Virgil van Dijk made his debut for Liverpool in the third round against Everton in 2018. A header from the £75million defender helped Jurgen Klopp’s side win that game 2-1.
Former Liverpool defender and Sky pundit Jamie Carragher was quick to react to the draw, joking: ‘Should Jurgen (Klopp) go with his first-choice XI or the team that’s played in the Carabao Cup?’
Michael Owen added: ‘No question what the tie of the round is.’
Manchester City were handed a favourable home tie against League Two side Port Vale, while Manchester United face a tricky trip to Wolves — who knocked them out of this competition last season in the quarter-finals.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham head to Middlesbrough, whose manager Jonathan Woodgate is fighting for his job with the club hovering above the Championship relegation zone in 20th place.
Championship high-flyers Leeds travel to Arsenal. The three most recent meetings between the sides have all come in the third round of the FA Cup.
AFC Fylde — the lowest-ranked side through to the third round — have been rewarded with a trip to Premier League Sheffield United. Arsenal legend Tony Adams was in good form making the draw live on the BBC alongside former Manchester City man Micah Richards on Monday night.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
Leicester City v Wigan Athletic
QPR v Swansea City
Fulham v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Wolves v Manchester United
Charlton Athletic v West Brom
Rochdale or Boston United v Newcastle United
Cardiff City v Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
Oxford United v Exeter City or Hartlepool United
Sheffield United v AFC Fylde
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Liverpool v Everton
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town
Bournemouth v Luton Town
Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle v Coventry City or Ipswich Town
Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley
Manchester City v Port Vale
Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Reading v Blackpool
Watford v Tranmere Rovers
Preston v Norwich City
Millwall v Newport County
Crystal Palace v Derby County
Solihull Moors or Rotherham United v Hull City
Brentford v Stoke City
Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Arsenal v Leeds United
Gillingham v West Ham United
Burton Albion v Northampton Town
Burnley v Peterborough United
Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers
Eastleigh face Barnsley if they can get past Crewe, while Rotherham’s reward for last night’s epic comeback over Solihull Moors is to host Hull. All the third-round ties will be played between Friday, January 3 and Monday, January 6. Televised games will be announced in the coming days.