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13:30 Sun 8th Jan 2017
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13:30 Sun 8th Jan 2017 Anfield

Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth Argyle: Matchday blog

Scroll through our matchday blog for an extensive recap of the day as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Plymouth Argyle at Anfield in the FA Cup third round.

Read Jürgen Klopp's post-match verdict in full by clicking here.

Watch post-match analysis from Mark Wright and Roy Evans in our clip below...

JK: "We did not think for one second about it [being the youngest ever Liverpool starting line-up]."

JK: "I tried something today [with the line-up] and maybe I will try it again. We will see."

JK: "It was positive [to have Joe Gomez back], but I am sure it was not the most difficult game of his life. It was good."

JK: "Of course, it was deserved for Plymouth."

JK: "We could have done better, 100 per cent, but it was really difficult...we lost patience in the first half."

JK: "It was a very dominant game from my side, but not with too many chances. They did everything to get a replay and now they have it."

Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference.

"It was a very disciplined performance from Plymouth. We knew this before.

Full Time

Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

The Reds must make the trip to Home Park to secure a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a resilient display from the Pilgrims sees them hold on for a draw.

The youngest starting XI in the club's history dominated from start to finish but couldn't find the breakthrough, even with a little help from some senior stars late on.


So nearly a goal for Liverpool.

A dangerous free-kick delivery from the right ricochets toward goal but McCormick gets down to collect and holds on well.


Six minutes of added time are indicated.


Trent Alexander-Arnold slings a cross into the Plymouth box but it is too long and out for a goal-kick.

Liverpool will be making a long trip for a replay if they don't score in the next few minutes.


Firmino twists and turns on the left-hand side before standing it up but Sturridge is under the ball and heads it onto the roof of the net



Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn are done for the day as Jürgen Klopp calls on Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana.

Meanwhile, Plymouth are forced into a further substitution as Gary Miller is replaced by Connor Smith due to injury. The Argyle right-back leaves on a stretcher to warm applause from all four sides of the ground.



Plymouth make a change as Paul Arnold Garita heads off for Craig Tanner to take his place.


Sturridge makes his first contribution to the game and it is so, so nearly a goal.

The No.15 picks the ball up from Woodburn at the edge of the box before drilling a shot just past the upright.



A change for Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge enters the fray in place of Emre Can.


Match shot

The gaffer watches on as the Reds try to break Plymouth down.


Half a chance for Liverpool as Woodburn creates space on the left-hand side before dinking the ball to the back post.

Ojo can't divert his header on target, however.



We're back under way as Plymouth get the game restarted with Liverpool attacking the Kop end.



Liverpool 2/15
Draw 21/4
Plymouth 25/1

Take advantage of those odds here.



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Half Time

Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

The Reds with all the ball and the chances at Anfield but its goalless at half-time. 


Match shot

Corner! Liverpool have had eight so far.


Liverpool have had an incredible 85 per cent of the possession thus far, with Plymouth struggling to get out of their own half.

Making it count is proving a problem, though, with the visitors holding firm.


Can plays Ojo in behind on the right but his low cross is cleared.

Plymouth defending well so far but they have had a lot of work to get through.


Disallowed Goal

Divock Origi has the ball in the back of the net but he is adjudged to have pushed Gary Miller out of the way before finishing. 

We go again...


Huge chance for Ojo to open the scoring.

A poor headed clearance attempt leaves the young winger with the goal at his mercy but he can't generate enough power in attempting to nod it in and the goalkeeper collects.


Match shot

Clearance of the season, I'd say.


Liverpool still on top but no breakthrough yet.

The latest opportunity to run at the Plymouth defence ends in Origi pushing the ball too far and out of play. Unlucky.


A good start for the Reds as they win a corner which results in Ejaria shooting wide from the edge of the box. 

Jeers from the Plymouth fans but that's an early statement of intention from the hosts.



Liverpool get the game under way through Divock Origi and are attacking the Anfield Road end first half. 


Almost there

The teams are out at Anfield and we are moments away from kick-off. Great atmosphere here.


Ten minutes to go

The visiting support have filled out the entirety of the Anfield Road end here and they are in fine voice ahead of kick-off.

There's a tendency to get snarky about 'the magic of the cup' but the Argyle fans certainly seem to be enjoying themselves.


Inside the dressing room


Listen live

Remember, you can listen to our live audio commentary of today's game direct from Anfield and for free by clicking here.


The Reds have arrived...


Record breakers

We've had it confirmed by club statistician Ged Rea that today's starting line-up is the youngest ever in the club's history at an average age of 21 years and 296 days.

That beats the 22 years and 303 days of the team that defeated Wolves 3-1 at Molineux in the fixture prior to the 1965 FA Cup final. 


Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lucas, Moreno, Stewart, Can, Ejaria, Ojo, Woodburn, Origi. 

Subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Sturridge, Firmino, Lallana.


Team news

Jürgen Klopp has made 10 changes to his starting XI for today's game, with Joe Gomez making a return to action after over a year out.


Anfield's ready...


On this day...

So, on this very date 20 years ago back in 1997, a certain Jamie Carragher made his first ever Liverpool appearance, coming on as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Middlesbrough.

He went on, of course, to notch a further 736 run outs in Red.

Meanwhile, it was on this day one year ago that Liverpool began their FA Cup campaign for 2015-16 - drawing 2-2 away at Exeter City before progressing in the replay.


You can also watch what Jürgen Klopp had to say about today's clash with Plymouth in his pre-match press conference in the video below...


LFCTV GO subscribers can take an exclusive look at how Liverpool have been preparing for today's game by watching our Inside Training video from Melwood below...


The last meeting

It is 55 years since the two teams last locked horns, in a Second Division encounter in April 1962, as Liverpool were en route to securing promotion back to the top flight under Bill Shankly.

Alan A’Court, Ian St John and Roger Hunt – three key figures in the club’s resurgence – got the goals to earn a 3-2 win in front of more than 13,000 fans at Home Park.


A guide to our opponents...

So, it's Plymouth Argyle who we welcome to Anfield today for the third-round encounter - but how much do you know about them?

Click here for the lowdown on our League Two opponents.


Matchday odds

Fancy a flutter on today's game? Here are the latest odds, brought to you by BETVICTOR.

Liverpool: 1/8
Draw: 8/1
Plymouth: 25/1

You can place your bets on this and much more by visiting BETVICTOR here.



***** WEATHER UPDATE *****

Here we go, then - the update everyone waits for on matchday. No, not team news - the weather bulletin!

So, decent news for those going to Anfield today - it's fairly mild in Liverpool, with temperature around eight degrees and set to remain around that mark. It's very overcast, but no rain is expected either.

In short, coats needed but thermals can probably remain in the drawer for this one.


Also writing in 'This is Anfield' has been Jordan Henderson, who has echoed the sentiments of the manager.

“Later this month we face Manchester United at Old Trafford and Chelsea here at Anfield. Our attitude in building up to those fixtures will be identical to today. It has to be. If you don’t treat the competition and opponent with respect it will come back to bite you."

You can read further thoughts from Henderson by clicking here.


Speaking of the programme, Jürgen Klopp has used his column within today's edition to explain why Liverpool have prepared for this game just like any other this season.

“It is no exaggeration to say the level of preparation for the match today is identical to any of our Premier League fixtures this season or other cup fixtures, such as the semi-final games we have coming up in the EFL Cup. In some respects the preparation will be more detailed because we have more time to do so."

Read more from the boss here.


Cover stars

There's a brilliant cover image on the front of today's official matchday programme. Pick up your copy at the ground today, or subscribe online by clicking here.


They're three young men who will be hoping for some involvement today - and earlier this week, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn sat down with us at Melwood for an exclusive chat.

If you're an LFCTV GO subscriber, you can watch it in full in our clip below.


It's matchday!

Hello, good morning and welcome to our live matchday blog as Liverpool get their FA Cup campaign up and running with an Anfield tie against Plymouth Argyle.

The League Two side will journey to Merseyside aiming to cause an upset - and the Reds are well aware any complacency could be punished in this third-round encounter.

So, for those going to Anfield today, enjoy. For those not, stick with us and we'll bring you all the build-up, confirmation of the team news, the action and reaction, as well as much, much more.

But first, it's time for a coffee. Milk no sugar, please.