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FA Cup

  • 25 January 2014
  • • 12:45
  • • The Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 11475

Live Commentary

  • That brings an end to our coverage of Liverpool's win over a dogged Bournemouth. The Reds now have a couple of days to recover and prepare ahead of the Merseyside derby on Tuesday. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Brendan Rodgers will be quietly pleased with his side's display. They were shaky in the first half but controlled things after half time. They head into the fifth round draw after a comfortable win.
  • Bournemouth threw everything at Liverpool in the first half but just couldn't keep up their tempo after the break. Eddie Howe will be proud of the performance of his team but disappointed that the first-half missed chances cost them.
  • It's full time at Dean Court as Liverpool head into the fifth round with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bournemouth. The home side were fantastic in the first half but couldn't keep up their performance in the second half as Rodgers' men showed their class.
  • 90' + 4'
    Every Bournemouth player is shattered but Suarez breaks into the penalty area and smashes a shot straight at Camp just before the referee calls time and blows the full-time whistle.
  • 90' + 2'
    One last chance for Bournemouth as they win a corner to keep up their pressure on the Liverpool defence. Unfortunately, Pitman trips over allowing the ball to drift out of play.
  • 90'
    The fourth official has signalled for four added minutes as Pitman strides forward and skies his shot.
  • 89'
    Grabban takes a hopeful shot, bringing a save from Jones who claws it behind for a corner. That is Bournemouth's third shot on target, just their first in the second half.
  • 89'
    Eunan O'Kane has been awarded Man of the Match after a strong midfield performance. Do you agree with that?
  • 88'
    The game looks to be slowly reaching its conclusion. Liverpool are casually passing the ball around and could have even extended their lead with Flanagan's cross.
  • 85'
    Those changes mean that Sturridge, Suarez and Gerrard will all play the full 90 minutes ahead of the important Premier League match with Everton on Tuesday. Risky from Rodgers.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionPhilippe Coutinho Luis Alberto
    Rodgers makes his final two substitutions as he brings Raheem Sterling on to replace Moses while Luis Alberto comes on in place of Coutinho.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionVictor Moses Raheem Sterling
  • 83'
    Liverpool have taken the sting completely out of the game here. They're simply stroking it around the back four and midfield. Not long left now.
  • 80'
    As we enter the final 10 minutes, Liverpool win a corner that Moses quickly takes, handing it to Coutinho whose cross is easily cleared. Bournemouth look like they've nothing left in the tank.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionHarry Arter Brett Pitman
    Harry Arter is replaced by Brett Pitman as Howe throws one last roll of the dice to get back into this game.
  • 76'
    Another lob! This time, Sturridge sends Suarez through on goal who sees Camp off his line and tries to lift it over him. As soon as he's hit it, he realises it's sailing high over the bar. He'd normally score from there.
  • 75'
    Another dangerous attack from Liverpool as Sturridge strides in from the right-hand side of the pitch, ignores a pass to Suarez and takes a shot at goal. Unfortunately, it sails wide of the far post.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionMartin Kelly Jon Flanagan
    Jon Flanagan replaces Martin Kelly to return to action from injury. He had missed the previous five weeks. His return is great news for the Reds, who face Everton on Tuesday.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionMarc Pugh Tokelo Anthony Rantie
  • 73'
    SubstitutionMatt Ritchie Ryan Fraser
  • 72'
    So close from Sturridge! A long ball forward from Henderson finds Sturridge who lobs the ball over Camp from the edge of the area. A stunning effort bounces off the crossbar and out of play for a goal kick. Very nearly 3-0!
  • 70'
    The sting has been taken out of the game again by Liverpool as they casually pass the ball around midfield. Bournemouth may just be starting to run out of steam now.
  • 67'
    Jones' shaky performance continues as he overhits a simple pass to Kelly which gives Bournemouth a throw in a dangerous position.
  • 65'
    Liverpool have had two shots on target and scored both of them. Suarez has assisted both goals. He's always involved!
  • 62'
    Liverpool have hardly threatened again this half but, again, their quality shows through as Sturridge scores his 25th goal in his 33rd Liverpool game.
  • 60'
    Goal Daniel Sturridge
    STURRIDGE DOUBLES LIVERPOOL'S LEAD! A fantastic pass through from Suarez finds Sturridge beyond the Bournemouth defenders, and he slides the ball past Camp into the far corner. 2-0 and this could be game over.
  • 59'
    Bournemouth players are hounding every single Liverpool player that touches the ball. Their urgency sees Suarez elbowed in the side of the head as he contests a bouncing ball.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Steven Gerrard
    Gerrard is livid with the linesman who he believes should have called offside shortly before Bournemouth won the corner. He's booked for his protests. This cup tie is heating up!
  • 55'
    Liverpool are currently down to 10 men with Gerrard filling in for Skrtel at centre-back. Bournemouth are using it to their advantage as they win another corner. The home crowd have their voice back.
  • 53'
    We're just having a break in the game as a clash of heads between Skrtel and Surman results in the Slovakian having extended treatment on the side of the pitch. It looks like he's being given some stitches. Ouch.
  • 51'
    Grabban takes a touch inside the penalty area and tumbles under contact from Toure. Home fans called for a penalty but the referee wasn't having it.
  • 49'
    Bournemouth are yet to find the same urgency they had in the first half. Liverpool have slowed them down completely. Even the crowd feel a little flat right now. Howe will want his team to speed things up or they'll struggle for the remainder.
  • 47'
    Liverpool have started comfortably here. Slow, precise passing in front of Bournemouth to control the tempo.
  • 46'
    And we're off for the second half! Will Bournemouth pull off a shock or will Liverpool stroll to victory?
  • Bournemouth seem to be strolling through Liverpool's midfield at ease, too. Some more solidarity needed in the middle otherwise the Reds could be punished. Would you make any changes?
  • I'm sure Rodgers will be telling his players to increase their tempo and get more players into attack. There seemed to be a lack of urgency in their play in the first half.
  • For all of Bournemouth's pressure, they've had just two shots on target from an attempted 12. If they want to cause a cup upset, they simply have to be more clinical.
  • Brendan Rodgers will have mixed feelings with his side's performance. They had phases of play that they controlled but let Bournemouth have too many chances. Moses scored with their only shot on target, meaning Rodgers will want more of a threat.
  • And the referee blows for half time as Jones kicks upfield. It's been a good game with both sides having chances throughout. Bournemouth will be delighted with how they've played but disappointed to be losing.
  • 45' + 1'
    Their pressure continues as they earn yet another corner. Jones struggling here but he collects that one with considerable ease.
  • 45'
    Bournemouth earn a corner just as the fourth official signals one extra minute of time before half time.
  • 43'
    Liverpool have just slowed things down here. A good passing phase of play sees every player apart from Kelly and Jones touch the ball. Approaching half time.
  • 41'
    Brilliant from Suarez. He links up with Coutinho and weaves in and out of Bournemouth's defenders inside the area. He rattles off a shot but it's blocked. Liverpool more dangerous here.
  • 40'
    Martin Kelly is struggling at right-back. The injury-prone defender just needed the defensive support of Suarez to deal with Daniels and Arter. Bournemouth will continue to target Kelly at this rate.
  • 38'
    Great chance, Henderson! Suarez's fantastic footwork sets Henderson up on the edge of the penalty area. Somehow he skies it. That really should have been 2-0.
  • 37'
    Surman swings it in and Elphick throws himself at the ball. A powerful header flies just over the bar!
  • 36'
    Nearly! Fantastic play down Bournemouth's left gives Surman a free shot at goal. It's blocked and another corner for the home side.
  • 33'
    There does seem to be more of a threat from Liverpool since Sturridge drifted out wide. The Premier League side are a lot more controlling but Bournemouth are still threatening on the counter.
  • 30'
    Half an hour gone, and the hosts are behind but Eddie Howe will be very happy with their performance so far. They're well in this match and have been the better side for most of it.
  • 28'
    That goal was a true example in the difference in quality. Liverpool have not troubled Lee Camp yet but one shot is all it took.
  • 26'
    Goal Victor Moses
    MOSES OPENS THE SCORING!! A Liverpool attack down the right finds Suarez who chips the ball to the back post to Victor Moses. He takes a couple of touches and smashes it low into the bottom corner. Liverpool lead against the run of play. The first touch by Moses to collect Suarez's cross was fantastic. It set him up perfectly to give the seven-time winners the lead.
  • 25'
    Suarez puts the ball down and lines it up. He and Gerrard both run at it but the captain smashes it over the bar. Very poor from Gerrard.
  • 23'
    Dangerous position for Liverpool. Suarez is brought down just outside the penalty area. Can he score another free kick?
  • 21'
    Sturridge collects the ball inside his own half and runs at Bournemouth. The Englishman drifts inside onto his favoured left foot and unleashes a shot. Unfortunately for him, it's blocked.
  • 20'
    We're 20 minutes in and only one team look like scoring today, and it's not the Premier League side...
  • 19'
    Finally, some Liverpool pressure and control. The away side have passed the ball nicely for the past couple of minutes.
  • 17'
    Rodgers seems to have changed things around in attack. Daniel Sturridge has drifted back into an attacking trio behind the ever dangerous Luis Suarez.
  • 15'
    We're 15 minutes in and the home side are pushing Liverpool back. A good start from the Championship club has prevented Brendan Rodgers' side from playing their game. Liverpool must do better.
  • 13'
    It is another corner for the home side as Simon Francis' swirling free kick is tipped over the bar by Brad Jones. The Australian dramatically clears the ball from the following corner.
  • 12'
    Charlie Daniels' shot is blocked by Skrtel as Martin Kelly foes walkies. A corner for the home side is dangerous but the full-back clears it from danger.
  • 11'
    Close! A wonderful pass from Gerrard slides Suarez in on goal. He's called offside, though, but judging by the replays, the Uruguayan is actually level.
  • 10'
    The home side's pressure continues as a long ball bounces over Skrtel's head but Kolo Toure breaks the play up to launch a counter attack.
  • 9'
    Coutinho tries to slip Suarez in but the ambitious pass is blocked. Bournemouth counter again but Martin Skrtel takes care of things.
  • 7'
    Steven Gerrard is at the base of Liverpool's midfield again, trying to orchestrate things. His long pass to Cissokho is slightly over-hit as it runs out of play.
  • 5'
    Liverpool are being forced back as all 11 are back inside their own half. Fantastic start from Bournemouth here.
  • 3'
    A decent passing link-up between Suarez, Sturridge and Henderson ends in nothing as the home side attack again. Andrew Surman loops a vicious header just over the bar. The Premier League side are under a lot of pressure here!
  • 2'
    Close! Matt Ritchie swings it in and Brad Jones flaps at it. Another corner for the home side.
  • 1'
    And we're off! Liverpool are playing in all white and are under early pressure as Bournemouth earn a corner.
  • Bournemouth have won just four times since the start of December. Can they get another today? We're just about ready to kick off.
  • Strong sides from both teams today. With both XIs ready to come out, what are your predictions? Liverpool to show their strength or Bournemouth to cause the first fourth round shock?
  • Brendan Rodgers speaking before the match: "It's a competition we want to do well in... If you're a big team and you play against a lower division team your motivation has to be five times better."
  • Liverpool have progressed on both occasions that these clubs have met in the FA Cup, although both times they have needed a replay at Anfield to do so.
  • Bournemouth's bench is quite straightforward. Bournemouth subs: Allsop, Cook, Pitman, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser, Rantie.
  • There's a suprise on the Liverpool bench with Under-21 defender Stephen Sama making an appearance. LFC Subs: Mignolet, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe, Flanagan, Sama.
  • And Bournemouth fans - will Grabban steal the show and knock the Reds out of the cup? With Ritchie and Pugh in support, he could be dangerous. Has Eddie Howe called it right?
  • So, with the line-ups confirmed, what are you thinking? Liverpool fans - should Rodgers have started such a strong side with the Merseyside derby just a few days away? Has he not learned his lesson that two in midfield is weak?
  • Bournemouth XI vs Liverpool: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels; Surman, O'Kane, Arter; Ritchie, Pugh, Grabban.
  • Bournemouth's line-up is in! Two weeks after rejecting a move to Brighton, Lewis Grabban starts for Bournemouth and is given the task of knocking the seven-time FA Cup winners out. The southern England side are setting up in a 4-3-3 formation, which is what Rodgers expected.
  • Liverpool XI vs Bournemouth: Jones; Kelly, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho; Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses; Sturridge, Suarez.
  • The line-ups are out and it's a strong one from Liverpool. Brad Jones is handed a rare start as he replaces Simon Mignolet in goal. Rodgers is hoping there's no cup upset so the striker pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is sure to cause Bournemouth problems.
  • Hello and welcome to Dean Court where AFC Bournemouth host Champions League-chasing Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' men dropped points last time out against Aston Villa so he'll be hoping to return to winning form today. The Northern Irishman will be hoping to continue a good season with a win against tough opposition and avoid a cup upset.