Preston 0-2 Liverpool

Preston 0-2 Liverpool

FA Cup 3rd Round
Deepdale
Saturday 03 January 2009 5:25 pm

FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 3rd January 2009 @ 5.25pm
Deepdale Stadium, Preston

An Albert Riera super strike and a late Torres strike sent the reds through to the 4th round of the FA Cup against a spirited Preston side.  Despite dominating the first half, Liverpool squandered numerous chances allowing Preston to threaten in the second half before the long awaited return of Torres helped the reds to seal the result.

Benitez was back in the dug-out for the first time since his kidney stones operation, and sent out a strong looking Liverpool side albeit with Diego Cavalieri replacing Pepe Reina in goal.

Chances fell to both sides early on but the reds got a strangehold on the game and in the 26th minute a twisting and turning Riera fired a beautiful strike in to the top right corner of the net.  It’s not the first gem from Riera we have seen this season, and we doubt it is going to be the last.

Despite the reds domination we went in only 1-0 up at half time.  Some wasteful shooting by Keane the biggest culprit in the half – the Irishman could well have had his first reds hat-trick and with Torres warming up the signs look ominous for Liverpool’s number seven.

An injury to Xabi Alonso on the stroke of half time meant Lucas was sent on as his replacement for the second half.  And the reds should have doubled their lead when Daniel Agger had a free header, but agonisingly put the ball wide.

With half an hour to go another Gerrard shot was narrowly tipped over by the Preston keeper who was having a fine game.

The last half an hour though, the reds faced the expected Preston surge.  Preston headed the ball in to the net only for the goal to be disallowed. TV replays showed clearly that Parkin had held Carragher down, preventing him from getting to his feet.

With 17 minutes left, Keane was replaced by Fernando Torres with cheers from the Liverpool supporters. As Preston attempted the equaliser the reds eventually found the space, and Gerrard coolly played in Torres to get his name on the scoresheet.

Nando is back. And the reds progress to the next round.

Video

Post match interview with Carragher and brief goal clips

Teams

Liverpool: Cavalieri, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Insua, Alonso (Leiva Lucas 46), Mascherano (Aurelio 83), Babel, Gerrard, Riera, Keane (Torres 73).

Subs Not Used: Reina, Ngog, El Zhar, Skrtel.

Goals: Riera 25, Torres 90.

Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Mawene, St. Ledger, Davidson (Nolan 56), Sedgwick, Chaplow (Nicholson 81), McKenna, Wallace, Parkin, Mellor (Elliott 62).

Subs Not Used: Chris Neal, Brown, Carter, Whaley.

Booked: Chaplow.

Att: 23,046

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

Match Thread and post match discussion here

Updated Player Stats

  • Culcul

    Its official, Keane is a Donkey
    Even Ed the talking horse would have scored any one of the chances he got yesterday.

    As i said before, he has not scored away from home for Ireland in a competitive qualifier against a top 20 team for 8 years!!!!!!!!!!
    The last goal of note he scored for Ireland was in the world cup back in Japan.
    Come to Croke Park and you will see the real Keane. Duff, Doyle & McGeady have carried him for the last 4 years or so.

  • sara

    Good job lads. we must go on our victories. and i hope Xabi will be alright and play in the next game.

  • glen

    Well it was an ugly win. but the bottom line is the win. Keane should be dropped for 4 games he is Liverpool’s Shevchenko. Gerrard was a class act again, plus Riera is a gem shows good football intelligence. Looking at the results and surprises it could have been worse. Torres hasn’t missed a beat which is good news.

  • Ian Cade

    Good solid performance in the first half. The loss of Xabi did have an effect on both teams, but we did what we had to do. All thing concidered Stevie was brilliant. I can`t see any reason why we can`t have three peices of silverware heading to the already bulging cabinet.I hope Xabi is going to be alright. Get well soon buddy