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FA Cup 3rd round: how LFC have fared in their last 5 attempts

The Reds face Oldham at Anfield on Sunday, looking to avenge their humiliating defeat to the same side in last season’s fourth round. Henry Jackson looks at Liverpool’s last five third round clashes.

MANSFIELD, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 6, 2013: Liverpool's new signing Daniel Sturridge in action on his debut during the FA Cup 3rd Round match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

MANSFIELD 1-2 LIVERPOOL- 6th January 2013

Many expected Brendan Rodgers‘ side to thump the¬†Blue Square Bet Premier side, but they put up a great fight and gave the Reds a few scares on the day.

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring on his Liverpool debut after just seven minutes, finishing clinically to give his side the perfect start. The score remained that way until the break.

Luis Suarez emerged as a second half substitute, and with the home side causing the visitors trouble, the Uruguayan scored a controversial effort that hit his hand on the way in.

Matt Green’s goal for Mansfield eleven minutes from time ended up being a consolation, but it was a far from comfortable afternoon for Rodgers and his men.

LIVERPOOL 5-1 OLDHAM- 6th January 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, January 6, 2012: Liverpool's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Oldham Athletic during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool host Oldham on Sunday, and they hosted the same side in the same round two years ago.

Robbie Simpson’s superb opener stunned Anfield, but from that point on Liverpool dominated as expected. Craig Bellamy equalised just two minutes later, before Steven Gerrard‘s penalty on the stroke of half-time made it 2-1.

Second half goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing completed the rout, as Kenny Dalglish‘s side progressed to round four.

MAN UTD 1-0 LIVERPOOL- 9th January 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 9, 2011: Liverpool's manager Kenny Dalglish MBE before the FA Cup 3rd Round match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This day marked the unforgettable return of Dalglish as Liverpool manager, but the legendary Scot couldn’t prevent a disappointing defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The game was settled by Ryan Giggs’ early penalty, with Daniel Agger adjudged to have fouled Dimitar Berbatov after just 30 seconds.

Gerrard was sent off on the half-hour mark, after lunging in on United midfielder Michael Carrick. It was debatably a harsh decision, and it made it almost impossible for Liverpool in their quest to get back in the game.

READING 1-1 LIVERPOOL (Reading won 2-1 in the replay)- 2nd and 13th January 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2010: Liverpool's goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri looks dejected after conceding a last minute penalty against Reading during the FA Cup 3rd Round replay match at Anfield. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the original tie at the Madejski Stadium, Gerrard cancelled out Simon Church’s opener to take the game to a replay at Anfield. Many expected Liverpool to prevail.

A Ryan Bertrand own goal, via Gerrard’s cross, seemingly put the Reds in control, and they looked to be going through as the game drifted into stoppage time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last-gasp penalty took the game into extra-time, and Shane Long’s header dumped Rafa Benitez‘s team out of the FA Cup.

PRESTON 0-2 LIVERPOOL- 3rd January 2009

PRESTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 3, 2009: Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Preston North End's Youl Mawene during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Deepdale. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A routine victory over Preston for Benitez’s men back in 2009 saw them progress to the last-32 with relative ease.

Albert Riera’s terrific strike put the visitors ahead 23 minutes into the game, and although Sean St Legder’s effort was ruled out for a foul by Jon Parkin, Liverpool rarely looked troubled.

Gerrard raced through on goal and found Fernando Torres in stoppage time, and the Spaniard put the icing on the cake in what was a solid day at the office for the Reds.

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  • CARR71

    lets hope this is a start of a run to the final like last time we played oldham at home and not a total disgrace like last season

  • allaboutanfield

    All I hope for Liverpool to continue their excellent home ground fortress with another convincing win. Liverpool should go all out for a win to avenge their defeat the last time they met.

  • Watch Over

    It’s now time to test and see the best of some of these players in the likes of Luis Albeto,Aspas,llori ,ibe, etc

    • CARR71

      sorry mate we start with the strongest 11 and then make subs if we are winning comfortably ,not the other way round

      • Watch Over

        Agree with you ,that should be our game plan either way the idea is to test them in such matches, some guys I last saw them play in per-seasons and some had a pretty good game! We may be looking from afar not knowing that what we are looking for, is just right within our own house!

        • CARR71

          and hopefully after 30 odd minutes we can give them game time once we have killed them off,i do not see the point with starting with a weakened 11 we have no game for a week after sunday ,finish them off then take out the star players

          • Watch Over

            Word! that’s fantastic mate!

  • gora-gora-xabi-alonso

    Remember Notts County. We need to have a clear policy on cup competitions. There have been too many strange selections with teams made up of youth players and our best giving the squad players a day off! Use the opportunity to give Suarez et al a rest and let the understudies battle it out to see if they can reach the last 16. CL is far far far more important.

    • CARR71

      sorry mate this club was built on winning trophies not battling for forth we only have the league and fa cup to go for if the first team is not fit enough to cope with both of them i suggest we would not be able to cope if we got champions league ,give the understudies a run when the game is won

  • Rederik

    The F.A cup is not worth the bother it has lost all it,s sparkle over the years thanks mainly to the organisation that run,s it, they probably have the winners name engraved on it already.

  • CARR71

    they is a week to rest ,i am sure we will start soon hearing the excuses that we were rusty as we have not played for 10 days