GUARDIAN – Liverpool manager hails Philippe Coutinho’s contribution to win at Bolton

• Brendan Rodgers compares Brazilian to former team-mate Luis Suárez• ‘He’ll become a world class player in the next couple of years’• Match report: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 LiverpoolLiverpool secured a trip to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night but they left it late, with two goals in the closing five minutes after Bolton Wanderers of the Championship appeared to be heading into the last-16. Raheem Sterling’s 86th-minute strike cancelled out Eidur Gudjohnsen’s earlier second half penalty, before Philippe Coutinho unleashed a spectacular curling winner in added time that moved Brendan Rodgers to compare him to his prolific former team-mate Luis Suárez.The Liverpool manager said of Coutinho, who on Tuesday signed an extension that keeps him at Liverpool until 2020: “You would just pay money to watch that kid. He will become world class in the next couple of years. Luis Suárez was at a level, then he played in this team and grew and grew with the model – and went into the world-class bracket. I can see Coutinho falling in the same sort of way. He might not be as prolific as Suárez was but he is certainly on the way to that at Liverpool. He is a wonderful player. Signing a new deal shows he is really committed to Liverpool and his development.” Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Bolton 1-2 Liverpool | FA Cup match report

The prospect of signing off from English football at Wembley on his 35th birthday lives on for Steven Gerrard. With five minutes remaining of a gruelling FA Cup fourth round replay, the Liverpool captain’s FA Cup story was ending on Burnden Way, Bolton. But Wembley Way remains in Liverpool’s path after a stunning finale at Bolton Wanderers.Neil Lennon’s team were down to 10 men following the dismissal of Neil Danns but a goal up courtesy of 36-year-old Eidur Gudjohnson as the clocked ticked down towards a fifth round tie at Crystal Palace. But Liverpool’s pressure and a few touches of class told. Raheem Sterling volleyed in an 85th minute equaliser from close range before Philippe Coutinho marked his new five-year contract with a dipping finish in off the crossbar in stoppage time. Relief for Brendan Rodgers but a night of regret for his fellow Ulsterman in the opposite dugout. Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – Bolton v Liverpool: FA Cup fourth-round replay – live!

FA Cup fourth-round replay updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard! Keep up with all of the night’s goals and gamesAnd feel free to email your thoughts to scott.murray@theguardian.com 6.45pm GMT Bolton Wanderers are 6-1 to win this tie tonight, while Liverpool are 2-1 on. That’d be about right, you’d think, huh. Liverpool are one of the bigger movers and shakers in the Premier League, after all, while Bolton are currently a mid-table Championship concern. But history has a funny way of weighing folk down. Bolton Wanderers, you see, absolutely own Liverpool when it comes to cup competition.They did, of course, famously knock Liverpool out the last time these clubs met in the world’s oldest competition. Graeme Souness’s shower were the holders back in 1993, but should have been dispatched at Burnden Park by Bruce Rioch’s third-division side in the original third-round tie. Bolton were 2-0 up within 22 minutes through John McGinlay and Mark Seagraves, but let it slip in the second half, Mark Winstanley running a Ronny Rosenthal rebound into the net. Ian Rush equalised on 82 minutes, and an Anfield replay was required. No matter, because in the return McGinlay headed Bolton ahead early doors, Andy Walker added another in the second half, and Wanderers had one of their most famous modern victories in the bag. “We were outplayed and outfought by the better team,” admitted Souness. “They deserved to win, they were better in all departments. The vast majority tonight played as if they had never been told what passion and this football club is all about.” Rioch meanwhile could have heaped praise his team, but saved the plaudits for the fans instead. “All 8,500 of them were magnificent.” That’s local derbies for you. Continue reading…