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Tuesday 12 December 2017

COUTINHO TO RESCUE for pool

STEVIE G's Wembley dream is still on - but Neil Lennon's Bolton gave Liverpool an almighty FA Cup fight.

A penalty from Eidur Gudjohnsen separated the sides for most of the game and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could hardly contain his frustration when the crossbar and goalkeeper Andy Lonergan took a hammering after Neil Danns was sent off.

With time running out, Gerrard produced a pass which gave Liverpool a lifeline and Raheem Sterling the chance to finish clinically.

And a flash of pure genius from Philppe Coutinho in the dying moments put Bolton away via a 25-yard cracker and kept Gerrard on the road to a winning send-off before he leaves for LA Galaxy.

"We had a few chances to put it away but we didn't take it. It was a great team effort to stay in the game.

"At 1-0 and we hit the woodwork so many times, I thought we were in trouble," said goalscorer Raheem Sterling.

Rodgers said: "We were on the back foot away from home but we got there in the end. We hit the bar four or five times and we had four five attackers on the pitch in the end.

"You have to keep your patience against ten men, keep the width in the game.

"Our momentum is still going and we just want to keep it going."

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