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MLS-Bound Gerrard Steers Liverpool into FA Cup Fourth Round

  • Guardian, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 2:41 PM

Steven Gerrard, who is on the brink of securing a summer move to the LA Galaxy, sent Liverpool safely into the FA Cup fourth round on Monday night, scoring two goals that earned the Reds a 2-1 win at fourth division club AFC Wimbledon. The Liverpool captain opened and closed the scoring either side of Adebayo Akinfenwa’s equalizer; the winner coming from a free-kick in the 62nd minute.

After the game, Brendan Rodgers hailed Gerrard’s performance before targeting an FA Cup final win as the perfect send-off for the former England international, who announced last week that he would leave the only club he has ever played for at the end of the season. “I think the FA Cup final is on his birthday, so there would be no better way, for him. It would be a wonderful send-off for him,” Rodgers said. “There are a lot of games to play in between. If we could do it, it will be really special.”

The Reds boss added: “He was outstanding in the game, a brilliant individual performance from him and the real catalyst for us. It was a tough game overall. In the second half we were much better, he scored two and probably if he was a really selfish player he would have stayed on the ball and got a hat-trick. He was outstanding but he’s still trying to create opportunities for other players.”

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