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19:45 Wed 18th Jan 2017
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19:45 Wed 18th Jan 2017
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Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool: Matchday blog

A Lucas Leiva header secured a 1-0 win for Liverpool in their FA Cup third-round replay with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Scroll down for a thorough recap of the game.


Klopp's verdict

The manager discussed tonight's win, a long-awaited goal for Lucas, the start for Coutinho and much more at his post-match press conference. Click here to read his take.


All of the stats from tonight's game...

Full Time

Plymouth 0-1 Liverpool

That's it and my was it hard work for the Reds - Lucas Leiva's first-half header at Home Park proves the difference in the second clash between the sides and Liverpool progress to a fourth-round tie at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Yellow Card

Late booking for Purrington.


Four minutes added on at Home Park.


Origi almost makes immediate amends, twisting around his marker and working space for a shot - but he thrashes it too hard and it goes over the bar.



Penalty for Liverpool as Songo'o dives in and clatters Moreno inside the box. He gets a booking, too.

Up steps Origi... but the Belgian's effort is close enough for McCormick to thwart him.

1-0 it remains.


Yellow Card

And Ojo then goes into the book.


Murmurs of an appeal for a Reds penalty as Ojo goes down in trying to dribble beyond Threlkeld. Nothing doing.



Final switch for Plymouth - Bulvitis replaces Slew.



Ojo is now on the pitch, with Sturridge taken off.


Huge let-off for Liverpool as Jervis hits the post. A long free-kick was knocked into his path and his acrobatic effort nudges the outside of the left post and, thankfully, bounces wide. Phew.



Rooney replaces Garita for the home team.


Work for Plymouth stopper McCormick again, as Sturridge and Origi exchange passes and the former cracks a low shot at goal. Good save by the Pilgrims 'keeper.


Almost a fortuitous first Reds goal for substitute Wilson as the winger closed down the goalkeeper and his clearance struck the Welsh youngster and looped off target.



Change for the home side - Tanner on for Donaldson.


Match shot

Here comes Harry...



A huge moment for Harry Wilson, on for his senior Liverpool debut in place of Coutinho.


Half a chance for Sturridge, who peeled away from his marker to meet Lucas' pinged pass towards the far post from the left. But the Englishman sends his finish harmlessly wide.


There's a great atmosphere at Home Park and Liverpool are wisely keeping the ball at the moment in an effort to take the sting out of a bright Plymouth response since the break. Still work to do here.


Yellow Card

Ejaria is shown a yellow card for a foul on Jervis.


And Plymouth register the first shot on goal of the second half, Fox forcing Karius into a straightforward save to his left with a low clip from 20 yards.



The hosts get the match back underway.


Current match odds from our partner BetVictor...

Plymouth - 33/1
Draw - 9/1
Liverpool - 1/20

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Take a look through the stats from the first half...

Half Time

Plymouth 0-1 Liverpool

So far, so good for the away team, who lead after 45 minutes at Home Park thanks to Lucas' header.


Moreno tries his luck with a well-struck blast from a narrow angle on the left flank, and the goalkeeper collects without much concern.


One minute added on at the end of the first half.


The Reds threaten again and once more the lively Alexander-Arnold is involved, lofting a pass towards Sturridge at the back post, but Threlkeld prevented the ball from reaching its target and what would have been a clear chance.


A crucial piece of defending by Alexander-Arnold keeps Liverpool in front. Threlkeld burst clear along the right and squared towards Garita, only for the Reds right-back to cover and scoop the ball away.


Brilliant approach play from the Reds threatens a second. Coutinho clipped a sublime diagonal pass into the supporting run of Alexander-Arnold, who looked to pick out the waiting Sturridge in the middle but can't quite find the striker. Unlucky.


Yellow Card

Gomez is penalised for a foul on Slew.


Match shot

A brilliant header and a delighted scorer...



Plymouth 0-1 Liverpool (Lucas, 18)

The Reds break the deadlock in the tie and it's the skipper for the night on target with a firm header, having met a Coutinho corner into the box from the left hand side. Exactly what the manager would have wanted.


Now Sturridge is claiming for a penalty as he races onto a Coutinho pass into the left channel and tumbles under a tackle from Threlkeld. The referee waves away the appeal, however.


Coutinho should probably make more of a good opening, having been found inside the box by Alexander-Arnold's delivery, but the Brazilian's attempt lacks any power.


The visitors are dominating possession in these early stages and Sturridge has a chance to let fly from the edge of the area, though the No.15's right-footed drive sails too high to trouble the goalkeeper.


Liverpool have a free-kick in a promising position, with Coutinho and Moreno standing over the ball. It's the latter who spins a cross into the area, but Plymouth clear comfortably.


You can analyse tonight's match as it happens with our Opta chalkboard...



The Reds get the game underway. Come on, Liverpool!


The players are out and we're moments away from kick-off at Home Park...


A reminder of tonight's teams...


A peek inside the dressing room...


The Reds arrived at Home Park a short while ago...


Team news

The teamsheets are in at Home Park and the headline news from a Liverpool perspective involves Philippe Coutinho, who makes his first start since November following his ankle injury.

Daniel Sturridge is also named in the Reds' starting XI, with Jürgen Klopp making nine changes to the side he fielded against Manchester United on Sunday. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi retain their places from Old Trafford.

Lucas Leiva captains Liverpool this evening.

Liverpool team in full: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Coutinho, Woodburn, Origi, Sturridge

Subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Randall, Williams, Alves, Ojo, Wilson


The scene at Home Park...

... from where we'll bring you confirmed Liverpool team news at 6.30pm GMT.


The winners of this game will progress to a fourth-round tie at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, of course, with that fixture pencilled in for Saturday January 28.


Adams: Same again for us

Plymouth boss Derek Adams has outlined how his side will approach tonight's tie.

"We have to defend very well again," he said. "I think that we've shown in the first game that we can do that, and we'll have to do exactly the same.

"I can't see that we're going to be too cavalier on our approach. We've got to show respect to the Premier League team. They're third in the top flight and we've got to be careful of that."



If you are making the trip to Plymouth, you're probably keen for a weather update. And we're happy to oblige.

'Partly cloudy' the forecast tells of the current situation, but more pertinent is the suggestion that temperatures will drop to around three degrees at kick-off. Get wrapped up!


Don't forget, if you can't watch tonight's game, we have the most passionate commentary around - and for free - right here.


Liverpool's youngsters are also in tournament action tonight, taking on Manchester City away from home in the FA Youth Cup. Stay logged on to for a report on how they fare.


Plymouth have played just once since their trip to Anfield, securing a 4-2 home win against Stevenage on Saturday as they continue their chase of Doncaster at the summit of League Two.


Tiago Ilori leaves LFC

Some transfer news this morning as Tiago Ilori has completed a permanent move to Championship side Reading after three-and-a-half years with the Reds. Click here for the full story.


A good omen?

The Reds have won 61 of their previous 92 replays in the FA Cup, including 24 of their 30 at the third-round stage. Click here for more interesting stats ahead of the game.


Karius calls for more creativity

We sat down with the Liverpool goalkeeper earlier this week to discuss the return meeting with Plymouth - and the German identified the need for greater attacking ideas at Home Park, with the Reds having failed to score from any of their 28 shots at Anfield.

"They will hope for a crazy game at their ground but we have to be there from the first minute and play our game to go to the next round," said Karius. "It depends on us. They will try to stay compact and get one or two counter-attacks. We just need to get some goals. We have to go through clearly - that's our aim."


LFCTV GO subscribers can see everything the manager had to say about the clash with Plymouth...


Klopp's update on Joel Matip

As Liverpool FC continue to seek clarity on the defender's eligibility, the boss offered an update on the situation as it stood on Tuesday. Click here to read his summary.


Team news

What do we know? Well, the manager provided some interesting information at his pre-match press conference, including...

  • Loris Karius is set to start in goal
  • U23s captain Harry Wilson in contention to make step up
  • Lucas Leiva is recovering from a knee injury
  • Weekend clash with Swansea the target for Nathaniel Clyne

Refresh your memory of what happened in the first clash between Liverpool and Plymouth by watching the highlights below...


Here are all the stats from the first meeting between the sides, which ended goalless at Anfield to force the replay...



Good morning and a warm welcome to our live matchday blog for Liverpool's FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle.

The Reds journey to Home Park this evening for a second meeting with the Pilgrims, following a goalless draw between the sides at Anfield 10 days ago.

Can Jürgen Klopp's men book their place in round four? We'll cover all of the build-up, action and reaction right here throughout the day.