You could call it the luck of the draw.
Liverpool advanced in the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, and the draw handed them a chance to take on Blackburn Rovers at Anfield in the last eight. The quarterfinals take place the weekend of March 7-8.
Still, the Reds have their work cut out against Blackburn. The Championship (English second division) club already knocked out Premier League clubs Swansea City and Stoke City, so they won’t go down without a fight.
The meeting at Anfield will be the first time the teams have played since April 2012. The last time they met in the FA Cup was 2000, when Blackburn knocked out Liverpool in the fourth round.
The other quarterfinal matchups will be Bradford City at home against Reading, Manchester United at home against Arsenal and Aston Villa at home against West Bromwich Albion.