LIVERPOOL 0 – 0 BOLTON
Liverpool’s FA Cup continues… but not to the next round, just yet.
Earlier this week, many Liverpool fans had been mocking Manchester United for their goalless draw in their FA Cup tie with Cambridge United, a League Two side managed by former Liverpool player Richard Money.
However, now it was our turn to face a bit of an embarrassment after not being able to score against Bolton Wanderers, an ex Premier League side who now compete in the Championship after being relegated in the 2011 – 2012 season.
Our starting 11 wasn’t so bad. Some people commented before the kickoff that we didn’t “start with a striker” (blaming the manager for a poor selection) and although they’re correct, the (natural) attacking midfielders we had in the side have vast experience of adapting to a striker’s role and have scored before, so we really didn’t have much to worry about. Not until we stepped on the pitch and started playing… We had the players in the side to get goals, but their goalkeeper was on super form. That doesn’t mean Rodgers “did nothing” or made a poor selection – he picked a side that has gotten goals before and nobody could have predicted that the match would end up goalless based on the starting line up.
Steven Gerrard would also not appear (even on the substitutes bench), which didn’t please many fans. I think we want him to play every single game now that we know he’s off to Los Angeles by the end of the season. Every game counts as his “last moments for Liverpool”!
Listed in the squad was youngster Jordan Rossiter, who had scored on his first team debut for Liverpool when we first saw him. I particularly wanted this player to get some time on the pitch, but eventually, the manager decided to use other players and he didn’t get a single minute, unfortunately. Maybe you’ll get some game time in the replay, kid. I hope so. He’s one of the shining stars to come out of the Academy that deserve their chance to get a regular first team place.
The first half wasn’t “boring”, despite zero goals being scored I don’t think any of the fans were ever bored during this game. There was attacking football being played by both sides and good defending kept the ball out of the nets but there was still plenty of action to enjoy.
Jordan Henderson, Coutinho and Raheem Sterling had their moments where they could have made it 1-0 but it wasn’t to be.
At the break, the manager clearly decided that they needed more attacking force on the pitch so defender Jose Enrique was replaced by Lazar Markovic for some extra strength in attack. He never did score, though.
Bolton had former Liverpool player Emile Heskey in their side (and we’ll probably see him again in the replay), he played up until about 60 minutes when he got replaced by a substitute for the last half hour of the game. Both Liverpool and Bolton fans gave the ex Red a standing ovation as he left the pitch at Anfield. So far at Bolton he has played about 5 games and scored one goal – the goal, he claimed as he played his debut for his new club. Not bad for a 37 year old!
Another former Liverpool player to make an appearance as he came on as substitute (around the same time as Borini) was Jay Spearing.
Liverpool’s efforts were fast and furious, but even Fabio Borini’s multiple attempts on goal (once he had been brought on from the subs bench around 70 minutes) just kept being blocked by defenders, saved by the goalkeeper or simply put too far past the goal posts or over the crossbar, much to the frustration of the fans at Anfield.
Liverpool would keep on attacking until the final whistle of the game, but it ended 0-0 and we now will face Bolton again, at their own stadium in a replay, which will decide who goes through to the next round of the competition that fans want Stevie to win in his last season with Liverpool.
Liverpool’s next fixture will now be against Chelsea once again, as we fight to make it to the League Cup Final, another trophy that the fans will want to “Win it for Stevie G”.
Until then, walk on with hope in your hearts, Reds fans. You’ll Never Walk Alone. Your Anfield Family is with you.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.