What a game it was! And as I predicted, Liverpool never made it easy as it should have been. All credit to AFC Wimbledon, though. They came with a game plan and executed it pretty well most of the game and played their hearts out. The scoreline flattered Liverpool and I’m sure our opponents felt the same way. In light of the January transfer window opening, surely this match should tell Brendan Rodgers that he has a long way to go before Liverpool are up to the levels they were last season.
In 3 hours time, by my count, Liverpool open their FA Cup campaign with a home game to League Two side AFC Wimbledon. The last time these two sides met were in the finals of the same competition back in 1988 – where a Lawrie Sanchez header gave Wimbledon the win and upset.
Wimbledon will be well and truly up for this, and will try to recreate a pressure cooker environment to unsettle Liverpool. This will be like a cup final to them and no doubt they’ll play with no fear. Liverpool will have to be out of the blocks early and not underestimate their opponents or risk being shocked.
Before I begin, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and may 2015 be a better year than the last – especially in the case of Liverpool Football Club. While the rest of us may have been on holiday and spending it with our friends and loved ones, the wheels on the LFC train keep on chugging. A New Year’s day game against Leicester, Steven Gerrard’s imminent departure to the MLS and a FA Cup Game next week. What a start to 2015!