FA Cup
2 - 0

Liverpool v Oldham

5 Jan 2014, KO: 15:00

Minute by minute

Post We'll be back reporting live from the Britannia Stadium on Sunday when the Reds return to Barclays Premier League action by travelling to Stoke City. Thanks for following, YNWA
Post That's it from our live coverage from Anfield on the day Iago Aspas scored his first competitive Liverpool goal to help send the Reds into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Oldham
Post On watching his son, Anton, come on as a second-half substitute for Oldham, Rodgers said: "It was brilliant. To see him run out there was a bit surreal, really. He's a great kid and we're very proud of him as his mother and father. Oldham have got a great spirit. I've seen them a number of times and Anton is playing a part in that. It was a great moment for his career and as a father it's even more special that he gets a nice round of applause from the Liverpool supporters as well."
Post Asked about introducing Lucas and Coutinho into the action at half-time, and later calling on the services of Suarez from the bench, Rodgers said: "You hope in a game like this to rest a number of players and give them that recovery period. Lucas and young Coutinho, and a few others, have played hard games all over the Christmas period. The ideal scenario was to let them recover, but we also wanted to win the game. We didn't want a replay, we wanted to get through into the next round. The second half was better, we were more lively in our game and ended up with a good victory."
Post More Rodgers post-match reflection: "They came here and made it very difficult. They are a very enthusiastic, young side that have got quality. [In the first half] our tempo was too slow and we didn't create enough. In the second half we were a little bit better, but it was always in the balance."
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Post Rodgers on Daniel Agger's injury: "It's too early yet. It looked as though his calf cramped up."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "We knew it'd be a difficult game and you have to give Oldham a lot of credit. We were nowhere near the speed of our game in the first half."
Post The Reds had 54 per cent of the possession
Post Oldham had six efforts on goal, of which three were on target
Post Liverpool mustered 17 shots on goal this afternoon, four of which were on target
91 First Booking: Genseric Kusunga:
90 Five minutes of added time to be played...
90 LFC clear an Oldham free-kick, but Kelly is left down holding his head inside the box
89 First Booking: Raheem Sterling:
86 Suarez sets up Coutinho, whose strike is blocked by a defender
84 Warm applause from the Kop as Brendan Rodgers' son, Anton, enters the action for Oldham
84 Substitution: Anton Rodgers for David Mellor:
82 The Reds further their lead as Tarkowski deflects Sterling's shot into his own net from close range
82 Own Goal! James Tarowski:
81 The reshuffle sees Kelly move to centre-back alongside Toure and Sterling go to right-back
81 Agger will not be able to continue as he limps off the field. The Reds are down to 10 men and Suarez takes the captain's armband
79 Daniel Agger is down injured for Liverpool...he gets back to his feet gingerly, but the Reds have used all three permitted substitutions
77 Substitution: Luis Suarez for Steven Gerrard:
76 Luis Suarez is being readied to come on for Liverpool
74 Almost a stunning goal from Petrasso, who spins away from Agger superbly before going beyond Toure. His final strike, however, is palmed away by Jones
71 Sterling cuts the ball back for Gerrard, who drives an effort into the side netting
69 Nervy moments for Liverpool as Oldham apply heavy pressure in the box. The hosts eventually manage to scramble clear
64 Gerrard tries one...blocked by the legs of Wesolowski
62 Aspas has got the bit between his teeth here following that goal. He takes down a long ball forward, cuts inside and shoots wide from the edge of the box
61 Substitution: Gary Harkins for Adam Rooney:
61 Substitution: James Dayton for Jonson Clarke-Harris:
60 Philliskirk drives one just over for Oldham
59 A great chance to extend the lead goes begging for Liverpool. Sterling heads through on goal but elects to cut back and try to square for Gerrard. The skipper can't meet it, but the ball breaks for Coutinho, who blazes high into the Kop
57 Aspas goes close to a quick-fire second, rising highest to head another Sterling delivery against the frame of the goal. Unlucky
55 Liverpool break the deadlock and it's Iago Aspas who claims a first senior goal for Liverpool. The Spaniard finds the back of the net with a neat half-volley from Sterling's cross
55 GOAL! Iago Aspas:
53 The best chance of the afternoon so far as Coutinho's corner is met by a thumping near-post Gerrard header, which flies just over the bar
51 Sterling sends a cross in, but Wesolowski is on hand to hack clear
48 Corner from Gerrard causes havoc in the Oldham box...ball eventually breaks for Kelly, whose shot is deflected over. Oldham deal with the subsequent corner
47 Gerrard's corner is punched away by Oxley
46 Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Victor Moses:
46 Substitution: Philippe Coutinho for Luis Alberto:
45 Philliskirk shoots from the edge of the box...wide
45 One minute of added time to be played at the end of the first half
45 Good ball from Alberto sends Aspas running into space inside the box before dragging wide of the far post
42 One-two between Sterling and Gerrard results in the former hooking well over the crossbar
41 Great pass from Henderson sends Sterling into space down the right, but his low cross can't pick out Moses and Oxley collects
40 Mellor pumps a free-kick deep into the LFC box...Jones is off his line well to collect
35 Important interception from Agger prevents Philliskirk from sending Clarke-Harris through on goal
33 Moses picks up the ball on the left of the box. He shuffles it onto his left foot, but the strike is charged down by two defenders
32 Sterling has another shot at goal with left foot from distance, but it's high over the bar
31 Sterling's pace creates an opening for a cross, which is claimed by Oxley
29 The winger takes it himself, but it's whacked to safety at the near post by Tarkowski
29 Sterling wins Liverpool another corner...
28 Kelly picks up the ball on the right-hand side of the box and tries a left-foot effort that's easily claimed by Oxley
28 Alberto's deep cross reaches Sterling at the back post, but he's crowded out before he can get a shot in on goal
27 Kelly's attempted centre is hacked behind for a corner by Grounds
23 Alberto's rasping drive from the edge of the box is beaten away by Oxley
21 Gerrard's corner is again worked back to him, but the skipper's second attempt at a cross finds the side netting
20 Henderson crosses for Kelly to head back across goal, but a defender gets there to deny Moses a chance. Corner to LFC...
16 Clarke-Harris tries to break through on goal, but Jones is off his line quickly to put the ball into touch
14 Best chance of the game so far as Henderson's pass puts Cissokho into space to cross. His centre finds Moses, who lays it off to Aspas. The striker sets up Alberto, who curls inches wide of the far post
8 Gerrard's initial corner is cleared back to him for a second attempt to cross. He plays it in and Agger glances well wide at the far post
7 Liverpool counter and Alberto's cross is turned behind for an LFC corner...
7 Mellor delivers but it's claimed by Jones with ease
6 Wesolowski crosses...headed behind by Toure for a corner
5 Moses plays Cissokho into space down the left. His dangerous cross is headed to safety by an Oldham defender, however
1 A strong challenge inside the opening 60 seconds leaves Steven Gerrard grounded and earns Oldham skipper Korey Smith a yellow card
1 First Booking: Korey Smith:
1 KICK OFF: LFC get the game underway at Anfield
Pre A touching moment as the minute's silence is turned to a minute of applause by both sets of fans inside the stadium
Pre However, there will first be a minute of silence for former LFC and Oldham player, Wayne Harrison, who sadly passed away on Christmas Day
Pre The players are out on the pitch and YNWA is echoing around the stadium
Pre If Liverpool are victorious today, they will face a fourth-round clash against either Bournemouth or Burton Albion.
Pre 17-year-old Academy midfielder Cameron Brannagan is named on the Reds' bench for the first time. He’s been handed squad number 50.
Pre Substitutes: Mignolet, Brannagan, Skrtel, Coutinho, Suarez, Lucas, Ilori.
Pre The Reds’ team in full is: Jones, Kelly, Cissokho, Toure, Agger, Gerrard, Henderson, Alberto, Sterling, Moses, Aspas.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has opted for six changes to his Liverpool team to face Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday, with captain Steven Gerrard restored to the starting line-up.
Pre "We would love to get to the final and win. It would be great, but first of all there's a big game on Sunday against a team we didn't do well against last season, so we need to make sure we prepare right this time and make sure we are ready to deal with Oldham."
Pre "I think for every player and for every member of staff it's the same as every competition - we want to win and try to do well. People expect Liverpool to win every game and that's the pressure we have to handle and try to deal with."
Pre Elsewhere at Melwood this week, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was pretty clear about the importance of the FA Cup to the Reds' season...
Pre Suarez has scored 20 goals in his last 15 games and he has found the net 15 times in his last seven Anfield appearances
Pre At Anfield, Liverpool have scored 25 goals in their last seven games
Pre The Reds have won 11 of their last 12 home games in league and cup, have scored in the last 10 games in all competitions and in 14 of the last 15 matches
Pre Brighton were the last team to beat Liverpool in successive FA Cup seasons, doing so in 1982-83 and 1983-84
Pre This is the first time the Reds have met the same team in three successive seasons in the FA Cup since facing Southampton between 1924 and 1926
Pre Oldham's last win at Anfield came in December 1914, when they won 2-1
Pre They have not kept a clean sheet in the last 10 games and in only one of the last 18
Pre Overall, they have won one of their last nine games since the beginning of December after winning each of the previous four
Pre Both Latics' FA Cup ties this season have gone to replays. They won at Wolves in round one and at Mansfield in round two, where they came from a goal down at half-time to score four times in the final 33 minutes
Pre Oldham are currently 19th in League One - two places above the drop-zone but only on goal difference
Pre Luis Suarez has scored five goals in six FA Cup appearances for Liverpool. In fact, the only game he hasn't managed to find the back of the net in during this competition was the 2012 final versus Chelsea
Pre On the prospect of gaining revenge for last season's elimination from the tournament at the hands of Oldham, Mignolet added: "Every game we play is a different one. It's a new game to play on Sunday at Anfield; we'll prepare ourselves and make sure that we focus on what we have to do, not what has been or what's going to be. It's more important that we make sure we get ourselves into the next stage."
Pre "It's far more important to make sure we take everything step-by-step - starting with the first game in the Cup on Sunday. There are still a lot of games to be played, starting with this one against Oldham. We don't really have to think about what's coming after that, but we have to make sure that we progress into the next round."
Pre The Belgian was eager to stress the importance of not allowing any thoughts to drift towards a potential Cup final in May; instead, he outlined the importance of being fully focused on the task in hand today
Pre Prior to today's game, caught up with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at Melwood to gauge his thoughts on the contest...
Pre Today's game is not on TV, so stay right here, without having to refresh the page, to follow text updates directly from the ground and audio commentary
Pre Only Martin Kelly and Steven Gerrard of the team that started that last Anfield meeting have a chance of playing in this game. Sebastian Coates is injured while Jon Flanagan came off the bench that night
Pre Liverpool won a third-round tie 5-1 at Anfield two years ago. Robbie Simpson gave the Latics a 28th-minute lead but by half-time the Reds were in front through Craig Bellamy and Steven Gerrard (penalty). Jonjo Shelvey, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing completed the scoring after the break
Pre This is the third consecutive season the teams have met in this competition, however, and last term Oldham served up quite the shock at Boundary Park as they eliminated the Reds 3-2 in the fourth-round tie
Pre Welcome to the match centre for the Reds' first match in their quest for FA Cup glory – Liverpool host Oldham Athletic in the third round with kick-off scheduled for 3pm GMT