Liverpool 5-1 Oldham – FA Cup 3rd Round

By Jonathan Carroll.

Kenny Dalglish made several changes heading into this FA Cup Third round encounter versus Oldham Athletic at Anfield on Friday night. The total cost of Liverpool’s starting eleven was twenty-four million sterling, with Dirk Kuyt making up ten million of that sum. The rest of the team was made up of youth team players and free transfers. Fabio Aurelio played his first sixty minutes of the season with Jamie Carragher and Sebastian Coates commanding the center back spots and Martin Kelly at right back. Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey started in midfield as Maxi Rodriguez and Steven Gerrard occupied the wide positions. Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy got the nod up top ahead of Andy Carroll in a straight forward 4-4-2.

It took a great strike from Robbie Simpson on front of the Kop to shock Liverpool into action. Two minutes later the reds were level after Jonjo Shelvey cut in from the right and struck a left footed shot that took a deflection off Craig Bellamy’s chest on the way into the net. With parity restored, Liverpool were later awarded a penalty after a foul on Maxi after a superb cross into the box by Gerrard. The skipper duly dispatched the spot kick into the top right hand corner and maybe this can be shown to future penalty takers at the club as an example how to execute after recent failings from the spot.

It wasn’t until the sixty-eighth minute that Dalglish’s men put some light between themselves and their League One opponents. Craig Bellamy provided a precise cross for the on rushing Jonjo Shelvey to beat Steven Gerrard to the invitation to finish at the Kop end to make it 3-1. Inside the last six minutes Liverpool added two more goals. The first was a thunderous strike from Andy Carroll on as a substitute. Liverpool supporters will hope they now see the big man kick on and start finding the target regularly although intriguingly he has more goals than Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in 2012. Stewart Downing made it 5-1 from a rebound after an astute save from Alex Cisak. The final whistle blew soon after and Liverpool will be glad a potential upset was avoided. The score flattered the reds but they were clearly the better side throughout. One worrying occurrence was the fact that Dalglish’s men very rarely if ever come out and pressure their opponents into mistakes from the off. This was used to great effect last season against Manchester United most notably. The performance was flat and if Liverpool hadn’t leveled the score as soon as they did this could have been a very difficult evening.

Perhaps more worrying was the fact Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi was the subject of racial abuse from a member of the Anfield crowd that night. It’s not certain what exactly was said to the nineteen year old but he was visibly upset by the remarks directed his way. The Luis Suarez case aside this incident must be condemned and the guilty culprit banned accordingly. This sort of racial aggravation has no place in the world let alone a sporting event. Liverpool FC will look to help police as much as possible to make sure the person responsible is found and made an example of.This was the first racial aggravation incident noted by Merseyside Police this season at Anfield compared to two occurring at Old Trafford and four each at Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers. However, this new case will receive all the media attention thanks to the media storm initiated by the British news corp in the Luis Suarez case.

Update: Man arrested in Adeyemi racial aggravation case.





(HT 2-1)

  • Bellamy 30
  • Gerrard (pen) 45+1
  • Shelvey 68
  • Carroll 89
  • Downing 90+5
  • Simpson 2


  • 25 Reina
  • 06 Aurelio (Flanagan 71)
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 34 Kelly
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 11 Maxi
  • 20 Spearing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 18 Kuyt (Carroll 87)
  • 39 Bellamy (Downing 74)


  • 32 Doni,
  • 37 Skrtel,
  • 38 Flanagan,
  • 14 Henderson,
  • 19 Downing,
  • 26 Adam,
  • 09 Carroll


  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Mvoto
  • 05 Diamond
  • 04 Wesolowski (Morais 74)
  • 08 Furman
  • 11 Adeyemi (yellow card)
  • 18 Taylor
  • 19 Lee
  • 10 Simpson (Smith 74)
  • 20 Scapuzzi (Parker 54)
  • 32 Kuqi


  • 13 Bouzanis,
  • 03 Black,
  • 16 Tarkowski,
  • 07 Morais,
  • 17 Parker,
  • 14 Smith,
  • 30 Mancini
Referee: Swarbrick
Attendance: 44,556


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