Iago Aspas scored his first Liverpool goal as the Reds overcame a stubborn Oldham in their FA Cup third round tie.

The home side struggled until Aspas hooked in a shot from Raheem Sterling's cross before the Spaniard also hit the post with a header.

Oldham went close when Micheal Petrasso produced a skilful turn but saw his shot smartly saved by Brad Jones.

But Liverpool sealed the win with an own goal after Sterling's shot went in off James Tarkowski.

Analysis

"Oldham can leave Anfield with their heads held high. They did well for large parts of the game. One or two Liverpool players didn't take that opportunity to impress and manager Brendan Rodgers will store that in memory banks."

The Anfield side were forced to play the final nine minutes with 10 men after losing Daniel Agger to an injury after already making all three substitutions.

However, the Reds saw out the game to book a fourth round tie with either Bournemouth or Burton and avenge last season's FA Cup defeat by Oldham.

The Latics are battling to avoid relegation from League One but they made Liverpool, who sit fourth in the Premier League, work hard for their win.

Oldham skipper Korey Smith was booked in the first minute for a crunching tackle on opposing number Steven Gerrard and his challenge set the tone for a determined display from his side.

Liverpool lacked urgency in the first half and struggled to find any fluency to their passing.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers reacted by bringing on Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva for Luis Alberto and Victor Moses at the break - and the move had the desired effect as the home side started to exert more pressure, with Gerrard heading a Coutinho corner just high.

They broke the deadlock when Sterling dinked in a cross which bounced to around hip high and Aspas steered in a shot.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hugs his son Anton, who came on as a substitute for Oldham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hugs his son Anton, who came on as a substitute for Oldham

The striker almost added a second shortly afterwards when he headed another Sterling cross against the woodwork.

The visitors gathered themselves and Danny Philliskirk sent a strike narrowly high before the striker thought he might have had a penalty after being pushed.

Petrasso then left Agger and Kolo Toure trailing before having a well-struck shot from the edge of the box saved by Jones.

Oldham's efforts to get an equaliser left them vulnerable at the back and they paid the price when Liverpool gave themselves the cushion of a second goal.

Coutinho latched on to an Aspas cross and had a shot blocked but the ball fell to Sterling, whose effort was going well wide before deflecting in off Tarkowski.

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VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Everybody's an international [at Liverpool] and we're in league one for a reason, but I thought they went out there and showed character and they were bold on the ball, they worked their socks off, they put tackles in and put their bodies on the line and were actually quite unfortunate with the goals.

"The atmosphere was electric and it's great for the group because they're only going to grow from that. We tried, we worked really hard and I think the fans can go home appreciating that although our league position is looking a bit low at the moment, we've got players back fit now and we're hoping for a big 2014.

"Every man can go home, look in the mirror and say 'I really showed what I was about today'."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 01 Jones
  • 34 Kelly
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 08 Gerrard (Suárez - 77' )
  • 04 K Touré
  • 05 Agger
  • 31 Sterling Booked
  • 06 Luis Alberto (Lucas - 45' )
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 14 Henderson
  • 12 Moses (Coutinho - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Suárez
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 21 Lucas
  • 22 Mignolet
  • 26 Ilori
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 50 Brannagan

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley
  • 05 Kusunga Booked
  • 12 Mellor (Rodgers - 84' )
  • 08 Smith Booked
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 03 Grounds
  • 09 Rooney (Harkins - 62' )
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 14 Clarke-Harris (Dayton - 61' Booked )
  • 27 Philliskirk
  • 20 Petrasso

Substitutes

  • 02 Brown
  • 15 Winchester
  • 17 Rodgers
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 19 Dayton
  • 29 Rachubka
  • 30 Harkins
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 44,102

Match Stats

Shots

26 7

On target

5 2

Corners

13 3

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

90:00 +5:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

90:00 +5:14

Iago Aspas (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:14

Foul by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic).

90:00 +4:16

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

90:00 +4:16

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:30 Booking

Booking James Dayton (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:23

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:23

Foul by James Dayton (Oldham Athletic).

90:00 +2:53

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

90:00 +1:07 Booking

Booking Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:59

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

90:00 +0:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:32

Delay in match Martin Kelly (Liverpool) because of an injury.

88:30 Booking

Booking Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

88:23

Hand ball by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

87:28

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:28

Foul by James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic).

86:22

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

85:48

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

85:22

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

85:08

Attempt blocked. Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Genséric Kusunga.

84:22

Foul by Iago Aspas (Liverpool).

84:22

Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Anton Rodgers replaces David Mellor.

81:37 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by James Tarkowski, Oldham Athletic. Liverpool 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

81:36

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

81:34

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

81:13

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

80:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:30

Delay in match Daniel Agger (Liverpool) because of an injury.

77:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Luis Suárez replaces Steven Gerrard.

75:03

Daniel Agger (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:03

Foul by James Tarkowski (Oldham Athletic).

73:44

Attempt saved. Michael Petrasso (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Korey Smith.

70:59

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling following a fast break.

69:38

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

68:48

Attempt missed. James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Harkins.

68:28

Attempt blocked. Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

66:14

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

66:14

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:18

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

61:31

Attempt missed. Iago Aspas (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kolo Touré.

61:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Gary Harkins replaces Adam Rooney.

60:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. James Dayton replaces Johnson Clarke-Harris.

60:02

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Wesolowski.

58:34

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

57:13

Attempt blocked. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

57:07

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:03

Iago Aspas (Liverpool) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

55:53

Attempt saved. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Rooney.

54:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Iago Aspas (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

52:21

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

52:02

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Petrasso.

47:48

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Korey Smith.

47:47

Attempt blocked. Martin Kelly (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

47:44

Attempt blocked. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

47:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Petrasso.

46:02

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 0, Oldham Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Luis Alberto.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces Victor Moses.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 0, Oldham Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johnson Clarke-Harris with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Iago Aspas (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Alberto.

43:53

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

42:18

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

39:07

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

39:07

Johnson Clarke-Harris (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:26

Offside, Liverpool. Bradley Jones tries a through ball, but Victor Moses is caught offside.

36:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Danny Philliskirk.

36:23

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.

35:58

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

35:55

Attempt blocked. Iago Aspas (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aly Cissokho.

33:49

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

32:58

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

31:51

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Martin Kelly.

28:46

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Mellor.

28:04

Attempt saved. Martin Kelly (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

26:50

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

22:58

Attempt saved. Luis Alberto (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Victor Moses.

20:18

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

17:21

Foul by Luis Alberto (Liverpool).

17:21

Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:31

Luis Alberto (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:31

Foul by James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic).

13:37

Attempt missed. Luis Alberto (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

12:14

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

12:14

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:21

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

8:21

Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:08

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Genséric Kusunga.

6:20

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

5:32

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

1:46

Hand ball by Iago Aspas (Liverpool).

0:56 Booking

Booking Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

0:41

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:41

Foul by Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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