LFC History
LFC Facts
LFC Honours
LFC Records
LFC Anfield
LFC All Time Players
LFC Premiership Years
LFC Early Years
LFC Europe
LFC FA Cup
LFC League Cup
LFC Charity Shield
LFC Head to Head
LFC Milestone Goals
LFC Penalties
LFC Captains
LFC Reserves
LFC Challenge Table
LFC Academy
LFC I'national Reds
LFC Transfers
LFC Links
LFC Hillsborough
LFC Heysel
LFC Rafa Benitez
LFC Everton Derby
LFC World Cup
LFC Euro Champs
LFC Hall Of Fame
LFC MOTM Award
LFC POTM Award
LFC New Stadium
LFC Injury Table
LFC Features
LFC Football Kits
LFC Wallpapers
LFC Songs & Chants
LFC Books
LFC Magazines
LFC Music
LFC Dvd's
LFC LFZ Twitter
LFC LFZ Forum
LFC LFZ Blog





Home



Match Summary


Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup as Reading came from behind to beat the Reds 2-1 in a dreary FA Cup 3rd Round Replay at Anfield.

Rafa Benitez opted to rest Pepe Reina in goal, and with Glen Johnson, Albert Riera, Martin Kelly and Nabil El Zahr out injured, and Javier Mascherano suspended, there were starts for Philipp Degen and Alberto Aquilani.

Fernando Torres picked up a knock to his knee early on and was replaced by David Ngog. The substitution looked more precautionary than anything though and he should be fit for next week’s big Premier League clash against Spurs.

After a lacklustre first half, the Reds were fortunate to going into the half-time break leading, with Reading having the better of the chances.

But on the stroke of half-time Steven Gerrard played a one-two with David Ngog and his cross accross goal with cruely turned into his own net by Ryan Bertrand.

But the relief that mounted round Anfield at half-time did nothing to inspire any resurgance in the second half from the Reds, who emerged for the second half minus Gerrard, who was replaced by Ryan Babel.

Liverpool were punished for their lack of creativity and not getting a second to seal the game when Shane Long was clipped by Yossi Benayoun just inside the penalty area to earn Reading a penalty in the second minute of injury time. Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up and calmly slotted past Cavalieri to send the game into extra time.

Ten minutes into the second half and Liverpool found themselves behind. Long turning a header in in front of the Kop with too much ease as frustrations mounted further around an increasingly impatient Anfield.

Reading earn themselves a fourth round replay at home to Burnley. As for Liverpool, more questions will be asked as they look towards Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stoke City.

Team Line-ups and Substitutions

Liverpool: Cavalieri, Agger, Insua, Carragher, Degen (Skrtel 90), Aquilani, Gerrard (Babel 46), Benayoun, Lucas, Torres (Ngog 29), Kuyt.
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Spearing, Pacheco.

Reading: Federici, Mills, Ingimarsson, Bertrand, Cisse (Howard 59), Gunnarsson, McAnuff, Karacan (Long 81), Sigurdsson, Church, Rasiak (Kebe 65).
Subs not used : Hamer, Pearce, Tabb, Matejovsky.

Referee: Phil Dowd