WIMBLEDON 1 – 2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool go through to the next round of the FA Cup and it’s mostly down to Steven Gerrard, who scored our only two goals of the game. Anyone (it’s usually our rival’s fans) who tries to say Gerrard is “too old for the game” has been proven wrong yet again as he silences his critics by scoring both the opening and winning goal of the game himself and carries his team into the fourth round of the competition, where we will face Bolton Wanderers (Emile Heskey’s new team).

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The starting line up would be a 4-5-1 formation which included Gerrard in an attacking midfielder role (he has been played in a central defensive midfielder position before also) that would see him linking up with Rickie Lambert, a lone striker. Emre Can would continue to display his abilities in a defensive position for the manager who has been trying to get himself “a new defender” without actually signing anyone at the moment.

The only names on the team sheet you may not have been familiar with are Danny Ward, the substitute goalkeeper (being used while Brad Jones is out injured and Mignolet is first choice goalie) and also a youngster from the Academy, Jordan Williams who was born in Bangor, Wales on November 6th 1995. He’s a midfielder who joined from Wrexham in 2009, was also featured against Middlesbrough in the league cup on 23 September 2014 and replaced Jordan Rossiter in the 79th minute. He scored a penalty in the historic shoot-out that ended 14-13 as Liverpool won. Unfortunately for Jordan, he did not get brought onto the pitch and did not play in this game at all. It’s still nice to see the young players coming out of the Academy actually being thought highly enough of to put them into the first team squad, though. I’d like to see more and more Academy stars using their opportunity to show the manager and the fans what they can do for Liverpool FC if given the chance.

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Liverpool played well enough to dominate the first half from the first whistle and to take an early lead, with Steven Gerrard using his head to make it Wimbledon 0 – 1 Liverpool within 12 minutes. Javier Manquillo would provide the assist as he crossed into the box for Steven Gerrard to put his header past the Wimbledon goalkeeper.

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Wimbledon kept wombling (if you don’t know that word, Google search The Wombles of Wimbledon) on and did not seem to have lost their energy or spirit, they were not giving up without a fight. They too would get a goal in the first half as around the 36 minute, Simon Mignolet made a vital error at a cross and Adebayo Akinfenwa had an “open” goal (Lucas was on the line, but he couldn’t do anything to stop the ball and lets be fair, he can’t use his hands like the goalkeeper could have done if he wasn’t off his line) to shoot the ball into.

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The first half would end at the same score and it would still be Wimbledon 1 – 1 Liverpool at the break.

The manager seemed happy enough with a single goal and the way we played as Brendan Rodgers made no changes to the lineup as the second half started. Both teams had their chance and it would be twenty minutes before we’d see another goal. This time, Barry Fuller slid in on Coutinho on the edge of the box and was booked for the dangerous tackle. Steven Gerrard would step up to take the free kick and power home the winning goal of the game from about 20 yards.

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Wimbledon could not recover from this and would never find themselves an equalizing second goal, so Liverpool went on to be victorious and progress in the competition.

After the match had finished, Wimbledon’s goalscorer (who has publicly admitted that he is a Liverpool fan) Adebayo Akinfenwa was determined to get Steven Gerrard’s jersey and even got Stevie’s signature on the back of it! He still seemed happy despite his team losing. Look at him smiling! 🙂

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That’ll be worth quite a bit once Gerrard has left, I imagine.

Liverpool’s next game will be a Premier League fixture against Sunderland in about 4 days time, early kick off for that game. Don’t miss it, this game won’t start at 3PM! It’ll all be over by then.

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So, just keep walking on with hope in your hearts, Reds. Your Anfield Family is walking with you as You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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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.

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