Liverpool progress to the 4th round of the FA Cup.

The squad was young, as has been seen in some cup competitions recently. You’ve got certain well-known Academy, youth team and reserve team stars like Ben Woodburn, Gomez, Stewart, Ejaria, Williams, Wilson, Alves, Ojo and Randall. Accompanying these youngsters would be a few more experienced 1st team regular players including Lucas, Moreno, Coutinho, Sturridge, Origi, Mignolet, Karius and the upcoming star Trent Alexander Arnold. He’s just currently making the transition between reserve player and 1st team player. The more I see of this guy, the more I like him and hope he can secure a permanent 1st team position. He’d deserve it after seeing his wonderful performances. He’d held his own at Old Trafford in Premier League action against Manchester United and now he’s gaining Cup competition experience, too. Nothing seems to overwhelm this young player, he can go up against the best and come out on top. Credit to him for his contributions. He’s becoming a valuable asset for Liverpool.

Alexander Arnold works hard defensively to clear the ball from a difficult position.

Liverpool started well, moving the ball around the midfield a lot, pushing forwards and testing our opponents. Plymouth had shown their defensive skills to be good enough to secure a replay in the first leg. This fixture wasn’t so different, they put their defenders where they needed to be and Liverpool were trying to break down that wall of defence throughout the game.

It seemed to be that our more experienced players were the key to making us more successful in our attacks. We couldn’t afford to make this a goalless draw, that lesson learned at Anfield meant we had to score and also not concede. With Karius in goal, we could be confident of the defence staying strong but getting to put the ball in the net? More difficult. Liverpool play a fair game, we’ve never been a side that attempts to win free kicks and penalties deliberately so that we’d have a better chance of scoring. What’s given to us by the match officials is fair play and deserved. We were fouled, there’s no doubt about it.

With consistent attacking, Liverpool managed to score by the 18th minute. This was exactly what we needed. It wouldn’t have been good for Liverpool fans to wait until late in the second half and still drawing 0-0, we’re supposed to be the better team – a Premier League team that’s facing lesser opposition from a lower league. We officially displayed our superiority as Coutinho crossed in a corner which Lucas ran to meet inside of the penalty area, heading home a powerful shot that made it past the goalkeeper and into the net. It truly was a wonderful goal. I doubt it’s practiced on the training ground, James Milner is the regular first team set piece taker so this assist from Coutinho was just spontaneous and a burst of sudden skill from two players that don’t often link up with each other in this way.

Coutinho crosses in his corner to Lucas, who would score a header

Liverpool went on with more attacks from this point, but would not score again.

Leading at half time was good enough and we did come awfully close to getting a second goal in the 2nd half as we were awarded a penalty, but Divock Origi unfortunately could not score it. The decision had been made late into the 2nd half, so Liverpool had to defend for about the last 5 minutes rather than relaxing and enjoying a two goal lead. Plymouth actually gave us a bit of a scare, obviously trying hard to upset the Premier League team by drawing level. They couldn’t do it, though. we made it past those five difficult minutes until the referee blew his whistle for full time.

The offensive game we played was still enough to keep the ball away from Karius for long enough that he wouldn’t have to do much and we could be confident of ensuring victory and progression to the next round of this competition.

Man Of the Match

Lucas Leiva hadn’t scored in an official first team fixture for 6 to 7 years. He was told this in a post match interview immediately after the game had ended and he said “Has it really been that long? I just scored in training last week though!”. He has a sense of humour too. I like that.
In all seriousness, this player was the main one who helped us into the 4th Round of the FA Cup. Some of our best key attackers hadn’t scored themselves. Coutinho, Sturridge, even Origi hadn’t scored from his penalty taken. The one man who made sure his shot was put into the back of the net was Lucas. Thanks and congratulations on your goal. The fans appreciate your hard work and the success you’re bringing to the club and saving us from significant embarrassment. Nobody wants to be knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league side. What a way to do it, though! Assisted by Coutinho, this was a duo of Brazilian magic. Brazilian assist, Brazilian shot and goal. Lucas deserves all the praise he will be getting. Much love for you from myself and every Red in Liverpool. Know that we were singing your name.

What’s next?

Liverpool will face Swansea in Premier League action by early Saturday afternoon in Anfield. We move on from the Cup win to hopefully some more success just a couple of days later.

Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[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 (more than 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

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