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English FA Cup

Saturday, 24 January 2015,

Liverpool
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Bolton
Kickoff: 18:30 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
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  • Stadium: Anfield
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      Coutinho is class act - Rodgers

      Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes playmaker Philippe Coutinho has come into his own in the last few weeks.

      The Brazil international struggled to find his form in the early part of the season but the Reds boss believes that was down to a readjustment process the youngster was going through after the sale of Luis Suarez and the long-term injury to Daniel Sturridge.

      However, the installation of Raheem Sterling as a central striker providing pace and movement on the forward line has brought the best out of Coutinho, who produced an influential performance in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

      He has also been helped by the reintroduction of two central midfielders, particularly one as defensively-minded as compatriot Lucas Leiva, as it has relieved some of the responsibility of tracking back.

      "He was outstanding the other night," Rodgers said of Coutinho.

      "He is that bit of magic who makes that last pass in the final third.

      "Last year he had Suarez and Sturridge to make those passes to but he hasn't had that.

      "Up until six or seven weeks ago he didn't have that ability to make the threaded pass through.

      "Once we had that bit of mobility and speed and movement at the top end of the field - and the others around him - that has really helped him.

      "He is a class act and still has so much development left to make and he is playing very well."

      Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be rested for the FA Cup fourth round visit of Bolton on Saturday.

      With a must-win Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea on Tuesday the 34-year-old, who missed last weekend's win at Aston Villa with a tight hamstring, is likely to drop to the bench.

      Rodgers has confirmed 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Rossiter will be involved in some capacity, while defender Glen Johnson, midfielder Joe Allen and striker Mario Balotelli all returned to training this week.

      Bolton are set to start with former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey in attack following Craig Davies' latest setback.

      The Welsh international has pulled his hamstring again and faces three weeks out, so Heskey should be at the fulcrum of Wanderers' attack on his old stomping ground.

      Midfielder Lee Chung-yong has a hairline fracture of his leg which boss Neil Lennon described as "minuscule" and will only miss one-to-two weeks.

      Zach Clough (hamstring) may feature for the first time since his impressive debut in the last round but Joe Mason has returned to Cardiff and Marc Tierney (ankle), Mark Davies and Max Clayton (both knee) remain absent.

      Boss Lennon is happy to place Bolton's FA Cup prospects in the hands of a couple of golden oldies this weekend as Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen head to Anfield aiming to turn back the clock.

      Injury-hit Wanderers will meet Rodgers' Liverpool on Merseyside and bid to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, a competition Heskey won with the red half of Merseyside in 2001.

      Both he and former Chelsea striker Gudjohnsen, who at 36 is one year Heskey's junior, were in the prime of their careers as two of English football's most potent forwards during the first half of the previous decade.

      And while recapturing that form may be beyond the two elder statesmen now, Lennon had no reservations about signing a duo with 140 international caps between them back in December as he stated the case for his two senior strikers.

      "There is this myth once you hit 30; it's absolute rubbish," he stressed.

      "I've played against (Paolo) Maldini, (Alessandro) Costacurta, (Paul) Scholes, Xavi - all in their mid-30s.

      "Xavi, when he was 32, 33, was still one of the best players in the world by a considerable distance.

      "Some managers go that way, some don't. I don't. I just see the ability and what they can offer and I know the motivation of the players which I think is very important.

      "I'm at a different level from these top managers obviously at the minute but there's no doubt that Emile and Eidur have certainly made us better."

      91'+3

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      91'+3

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Parry)

      91'+3

      Lucas hits an impressive right footed shot. Outcome: save

      91'+3

      Throw-in: Fabio Borini takes it (Attacking)

      91'+3

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      91'+3

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      91'+2

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      91'+2

      Jordan Henderson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      91'+2

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      91'+2

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      91'+1

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      91'+1

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      91'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      91'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      91'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      91'

      Fabio Borini hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      91'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      91'

      Jay Spearing clears the ball from danger.

      91'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      91'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 91'

      91'

      End of the game

      91'

      The referee has signaled the end of the second half

      90'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Fabio Borini resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      90'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Attacking)

      90'

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      90'

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      90'

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      89'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Attacking)

      89'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      88'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Defending)

      88'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      87'

      Adam Lallana hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      87'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      87'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen clears the ball from danger.

      87'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      87'

      Fabio Borini crosses the ball.

      87'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      87'

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      87'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      86'

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      86'

      Neil Danns blocks the shot

      86'

      Lazar Markovic hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      86'

      David Wheater clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Catch)

      85'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a right footed shot. Outcome: save

      85'

      Darren Pratley clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      85'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 85'

      85'

      Darren Pratley

      85'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Glen Johnson resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      84'

      Throw-in: Fabio Borini takes it (Attacking)

      84'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      84'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      84'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Attacking)

      83'

      Bolton Wanderers makes a sub: David Wheater enters for Dean Moxey. Reason: Tactical

      83'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      82'

      Lucas curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      79'

      Throw-in: Mamadou Sakho takes it (Defending)

      79'

      Dean Moxey clears the ball from danger.

      78'

      Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 78'

      78'

      Neil Danns commits a foul on Fabio Borini resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      78'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      77'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      77'

      Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 77'

      77'

      Fabio Borini commits a foul on Conor Wilkinson resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      76'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 76'

      76'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Adam Lallana resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      76'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Defending)

      74'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      74'

      Dean Moxey crosses the ball.

      74'

      Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 74'

      73'

      Dorian Dervite

      73'

      Dorian Dervite commits a foul on Adam Lallana resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      73'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      73'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen crosses the ball.

      73'

      Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 73'

      73'

      Bolton Wanderers makes a sub: Jay Spearing enters for Matthew Mills. Reason: Tactical

      72'

      Lazar Markovic commits a foul on Neil Danns resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      72'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      71'

      Adam Bogdan clears the ball from danger.

      71'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Tip Over)

      71'

      Fabio Borini curls a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      70'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      70'

      Throw-in: Jordan Henderson takes it (Attacking)

      69'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      69'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      69'

      Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

      69'

      Matthew Mills blocks the shot

      69'

      Glen Johnson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      69'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      69'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      69'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 69'

      69'

      Dorian Dervite commits a foul on Fabio Borini resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      68'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Defending)

      68'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      68'

      Liverpool makes a sub: Fabio Borini enters for Javi Manquillo. Reason: Tactical

      67'

      Liverpool makes a sub: Lucas enters for Joe Allen. Reason: Tactical

      67'

      Darren Pratley clears the ball from danger.

      66'

      Dorian Dervite blocks the shot

      66'

      Joe Allen hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      66'

      Throw-in: Javi Manquillo takes it (Attacking)

      66'

      Dean Moxey clears the ball from danger.

      66'

      Javi Manquillo crosses the ball.

      66'

      Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 66'

      66'

      Conor Wilkinson commits a foul on Mamadou Sakho resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      65'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      65'

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      64'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      64'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      64'

      Emre Can blocks the shot

      64'

      Conor Wilkinson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      64'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      63'

      Neil Danns clears the ball from danger.

      63'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      62'

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      62'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      62'

      Tim Ream crosses the ball.

      61'

      Throw-in: Dean Moxey takes it (Attacking)

      61'

      Javi Manquillo clears the ball from danger.

      61'

      Matthew Mills crosses the ball.

      61'

      Throw-in: Matthew Mills takes it (Attacking)

      60'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      60'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      60'

      Throw-in: Javi Manquillo takes it (Attacking)

      59'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      59'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      59'

      Javi Manquillo hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      58'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Parry)

      58'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      58'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

      58'

      Matthew Mills blocks the shot

      58'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      58'

      Matthew Mills blocks the shot

      58'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      57'

      Dean Moxey blocks the shot

      57'

      Raheem Sterling hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      57'

      Throw-in: Matthew Mills takes it (Defending)

      57'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      57'

      Throw-in: Matthew Mills takes it (Defending)

      56'

      Bolton Wanderers makes a sub: Conor Wilkinson enters for Emile Heskey. Reason: Tactical

      56'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      55'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      54'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      54'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Feet)

      54'

      Raheem Sterling hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      52'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      52'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      52'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 52'

      51'

      Emre Can commits a foul on Emile Heskey resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      50'

      Joe Allen clears the ball from danger.

      50'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      49'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 49'

      49'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      49'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      49'

      Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 49'

      49'

      Adam Lallana commits a foul on Darren Pratley resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      48'

      Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 48'

      48'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Javi Manquillo resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      48'

      Throw-in: Javi Manquillo takes it (Defending)

      47'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      Matthew Mills blocks the shot

      46'

      Raheem Sterling hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      46'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      Liverpool makes a sub: Lazar Markovic enters for José Enrique. Reason: Tactical

      46'

      The second half is under way

      46'

      Dorian Dervite blocks the shot

      46'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      46'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

      46'

      The referee has signaled the end of the first half

      45'

      Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 45'

      45'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on José Enrique resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      44'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      43'

      Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 43'

      43'

      Glen Johnson commits a foul on Neil Danns resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      42'

      Throw-in: Matthew Mills takes it (Defending)

      41'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      39'

      Throw-in: Matthew Mills takes it (Attacking)

      37'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 37'

      37'

      Emile Heskey commits a foul on Jordan Henderson resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      37'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Catch)

      37'

      Adam Lallana hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      36'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      35'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Catch)

      35'

      Glen Johnson hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

      35'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      35'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      35'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      34'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      34'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      33'

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      33'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      33'

      Dean Moxey curls an impressive left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      33'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      33'

      Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 33'

      32'

      Joe Allen commits a foul on Darren Pratley resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      32'

      José Enrique clears the ball from danger.

      32'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      31'

      Dorian Dervite blocks the shot

      31'

      Raheem Sterling hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      31'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      29'

      Throw-in: José Enrique takes it (Attacking)

      28'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      28'

      Dorian Dervite crosses the ball.

      28'

      Throw-in: Liam Feeney takes it (Attacking)

      28'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      28'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      27'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      26'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      26'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      26'

      Darren Pratley hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      26'

      Dean Moxey crosses the ball.

      25'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      25'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen crosses the ball.

      25'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      25'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      24'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      24'

      José Enrique crosses the ball.

      23'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      22'

      Throw-in: Javi Manquillo takes it (Attacking)

      22'

      Dean Moxey clears the ball from danger.

      22'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      22'

      José Enrique crosses the ball.

      21'

      Neil Danns clears the ball from danger.

      21'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      21'

      Throw-in: José Enrique takes it (Attacking)

      21'

      Joshua Vela clears the ball from danger.

      20'

      Liam Feeney clears the ball from danger.

      19'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      19'

      Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 19'

      18'

      Philippe Coutinho commits a foul on Neil Danns resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      18'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Dorian Dervite clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Other)

      18'

      Philippe Coutinho hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      18'

      Emile Heskey clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      18'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 17'

      17'

      Joshua Vela

      17'

      Joshua Vela commits a foul on Joe Allen resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      16'

      Throw-in: José Enrique takes it (Attacking)

      16'

      Joshua Vela clears the ball from danger.

      16'

      Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 16'

      15'

      Offside called on Eidur Gudjohnsen

      15'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      15'

      Adam Bogdan takes a long goal kick

      14'

      Joshua Vela clears the ball from danger.

      14'

      Liam Feeney clears the ball from danger.

      14'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      13'

      Tim Ream clears the ball from danger.

      13'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 13'

      13'

      Matthew Mills

      12'

      Matthew Mills commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      12'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      12'

      Javi Manquillo crosses the ball.

      12'

      Adam Bogdan makes the save (Parry)

      12'

      Jordan Henderson hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

      12'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      12'

      Tim Ream blocks the shot

      12'

      Adam Lallana hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      11'

      Matthew Mills hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      11'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      10'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      10'

      Liam Feeney crosses the ball.

      10'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      9'

      Dean Moxey clears the ball from danger.

      9'

      Joshua Vela clears the ball from danger.

      9'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      7'

      Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 7'

      7'

      Eidur Gudjohnsen commits a foul on Mamadou Sakho resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      7'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      7'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      7'

      Dorian Dervite crosses the ball.

      7'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      6'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      6'

      José Enrique (Liverpool) Free Kick at 6'

      6'

      Darren Pratley commits a foul on Joe Allen resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      6'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      5'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      5'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      4'

      Throw-in: Darren Pratley takes it (Attacking)

      4'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      4'

      Throw-in: Tim Ream takes it (Attacking)

      3'

      Mamadou Sakho clears the ball from danger.

      3'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      3'

      Throw-in: Dorian Dervite takes it (Attacking)

      2'

      Throw-in: José Enrique takes it (Defending)

      2'

      José Enrique clears the ball from danger.

      2'

      Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 2'

      2'

      Jordan Henderson commits a foul on Darren Pratley resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      1'

      Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free Kick at 1'

      1'

      Javi Manquillo commits a foul on Tim Ream resulting on a free kick for Bolton Wanderers

      1'

      Matthew Mills clears the ball from danger.

      1'

      Javi Manquillo crosses the ball.

      1'

      Game on!

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      Possession

      69%
      31%
      • Liverpool
      • Bolton Wanderers

      Shots

      24
      7

      Shots on target

      9
      0

      Fouls

      9
      15

      Corners

      0
      0

      Yellow Cards

      0
      4

      Red Cards

      0
      0

      Head to Head

      Liverpool0 - 0Bolton
      Bolton3 - 1Liverpool
      Liverpool3 - 1Bolton
      Liverpool2 - 1Bolton
      Bolton0 - 1Liverpool
      Liverpool2 - 0Bolton

      Liverpool

      • 22Simon Mignolet
      • 17Mamadou Sakho
      • 23Emre Can
      • 2Glen Johnson
      • 24Joe Allen
      • -> Lucas
      • 3José Enrique
      • -> Lazar Markovic
      • 14Jordan Henderson
      • 19Javi Manquillo
      • -> Fabio Borini
      • 31Raheem Sterling
      • 20Adam Lallana
      • 10Philippe Coutinho
      • Subs
      • 46Jordan Rossiter
      • 9Rickie Lambert
      • 52Danny Ward
      • 6Dejan Lovren

      Bolton

      • 1Adam Bogdan
      • 4Matthew Mills
      • -> Jay Spearing
      • 5Tim Ream
      • 14Dorian Dervite
      • 21Darren Pratley
      • 7Liam Feeney
      • 3Dean Moxey
      • -> David Wheater
      • 18Neil Danns
      • 25Joshua Vela
      • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
      • 19Emile Heskey
      • -> Conor Wilkinson
      • Subs
      • 17Liam Trotter
      • 24Andy Lonergan
      • 2Kevin McNaughton
      • 11Robert Hall

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      Bolton earn FA Cup replay with goalless draw at Liverpool

      Liverpool's avoided an FA Cup upset at home to Bolton but even on a day of shocks it was not much of an achievement after a toothless display against Championship opponents Bolton.

      There was a distinct absence of the vigour and verve of their exhilarating second-half performance against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek as Neil Lennon succeeded where Jose Mourinho had failed in keeping a clean sheet at Anfield.

      The visitors defended resolutely, if sometimes illegally, to earn a replay after Liverpool failed to break them down.

      There was no cup fairytale for Emile Heskey on his return to his former club as part of a combined 73-year-old strikeforce with Eidur Gudjohnsen as he was replaced just after half-time - but the consolation is he gets another go back at the Macron Stadium, where there will be a greater chance of an upset.

      After the surprise results posted by lower league opposition against the Premier League's finest earlier in the day Liverpool could have been forgiven for being cautious.

      However, inviting the opposition onto them in the first 10 minutes, which included one almighty penalty area scramble at a corner, was not the ideal way to settle the nerves.

      Gradually they established some control with Jordan Henderson, deputising for the captain Steven Gerrard who was omitted from the squad entirely with Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge to come, taking charge in central areas with a dipping left-footed volley palmed away by Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

      The growing relationship between Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling again looked Liverpool's most profitable avenue but too often the final pass could not get through or, if it did, neither appeared too keen on shooting.

      Finding themselves having to cope with runners from all directions, Wanderers' Matt Mills and Josh Vela were both booked for attempted rugby tackles on Sterling and Joe Allen, making his first appearance since the loss to Manchester United in mid-December - Liverpool's only defeat in the last 16 matches.

      Bolton's best chance came from Dean Moxey's long-range shot which spun just wide, although Simon Mignolet chesting down the ball outside his area and almost getting caught in possession at the end of the first half produced an audible sharp intake of breath around Anfield.

      Within five minutes of the restart Henderson's diagonal ball picked out Lazar Markovic, on for the ineffectual Jose Enrique, who passed Mills only to go down just outside the area.

      Inexplicably referee Kevin Friend decided the already-cautioned Bolton captain had not committed a foul nor had the Serbia international dived - although television replays suggested the former.

      Bogdan judged his block far better when Sterling raced onto a through-ball from Coutinho, who then saw a low drive well saved by Bogdan - only for Javier Manquillo to snatch at the rebound and drag his shot wide.

      Bolton knew they would not get many chances but they would have wanted them to fall to Gudjohnsen and a striker of his experience had to do better than ballooning over Vela's cross from 10 yards out.

      Rodgers's last throw of the dice was to send on Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini for Allen and the disappointing Javier Manquillo - and virtually Borini's first touch saw his shot denied by Bogdan.

      Another former Liverpool player Jay Spearing, on as a substitute, could have gifted his old club a penalty after seeming to push Henderson as he charged through on goal but Friend saw no foul.

      A header wide from Borini and Lucas's long-range effort were Liverpool's last chances as Bolton held on as their fans celebrated like it was a victory and in the directors' box chairman Phil Gartside punched the air.

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