Australia and New Zealand meet in the Four Nations final on Sunday as the tournament heads to Anfield for the first time.
The top two ranked teams in the world meet again in the final after facing off in the same game two years ago.
David Kidwell’s Kiwis lifted the title on that occasion and will be looking to defend their status as Four Nations winners, but Australia have been the stronger of the two sides in this year’s edition.
Showing no let up with a 54-12 romp of Scotland in round one, the Kangaroos then defeated New Zealand 14-8 to reach the final.
As for their opponents, the Kiwis edged past England and drew with Scotland to reach this year’s final.
Australia pairing Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson have five tries between them in this year’s Four Nations, while Jordan Rapana has crossed three times in three games on the Kiwis wing.
Kangaroos utility forward Sam Thaiday misses out for Sunday’s game after suffering a facial injury in his side’s victory over England in round three; he is replaced by Manly prop Jake Trbojevic, who claimed a try in Australia’s thrashing of Scotland.
Mal Meninga’s Aussies will be hoping to reclaim the Four Nations title, while New Zealand will be doing all they can to defend it. Whatever the outcome, rugby league fans are in for a special treat as the sport heads to to one of world sport’s most iconic venues.
Australia 19-man squad: Darius Boyd, Shannon Boyd, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Tyson Frizell, Matt Gillett, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis, David Klemmer, Trent Merrin, Michael Morgan, Justin O’Neill, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Jake Trbojevic, Aaron Woods.
New Zealand 19-man squad:
Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Lewis Brown, Greg Eastwood, James Fisher-Harris, David Fusitu’a, Tohu Harris, Shaun Johnson, Jordan Kahu, Solomone Kata, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Issac Luke, Te Maire Martin, Manu Ma’u, Kevin Proctor, Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine, Jason Taumalolo, Martin Taupau.
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