Liverpool FC defeat Oldham at Anfield last night to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup as Iago Aspas scored his first goal for the club.
The Merseyside club will now face one of Bournemouth or Burton in their next round. The build-up to this game was mostly centred around the match-up between the father and his son, but Anton Rodgers didn’t start the game and only came on as a substitute in the second half after Liverpool had already taken control of the game.
The first half was fairly disappointing for the home side who failed to take any of their chances and it was most a lack lustre performance. Rogers ringed the changes in the second half as he brought on Lucas and Countinho to add a bit of spark in the middle of the park. Finally Iago Aspas provided the lead in the 54th minute as he turned home Raheem Sterling’s cross. It was the 26-year-old’s first goal for the club since joining them in the summer. Liverpool doubled their lead in the 82nd minute as Sterling’s shot was unfortunately turned in by James Tarkowski.
The most special moment in the match was when Anton Rodgers came on to the pitch and the Anfield crowd cheered his arrival. It was a proud moment for Brendan Rodgers, who expressed his pride for his son and how well Oldham are helping him develop as a footballer.
“It’s brilliant, I’ve seen Anton’s life from when he was a young footballer and to see him run out there was a bit surreal really.
“He’s a great kid and we’re very proud of him as mother and father. He’s having a good career and Oldham are a brilliant club for him, they really look after him well.
“They’ve got an outstanding young manager who will go on to do really well and he’s got a young team and they’ve got a great spirit.
“I’ve seen them a number of times and Anton’s obviously playing a part in that. It’s a great moment in his career and, as a father, it’s even more special that he gets a nice round of applause from the Liverpool supporters as well.” – The Liverpool manager said.
Rodgers also pointed out the importance of the substitutes and their impact on the game in the second half.
“We needed to have more speed in our game and a bit more intensity. You don’t want to do it (making the substitutions) but the last thing I wanted was the game to go to a replay.
“I think you learn as a manager. As you get more experiences you can either wait for it to happen or, if you don’t think it’s going to happen, you have to change the momentum of the game by making your subs.
“Coutinho came on, Lucas came on and they add that bit of intensity and greater purpose to our play. That allowed us to get better control.” – Rodgers added.