Philippe Coutinho provided a stunning late goal to send Liverpool through to the FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Bolton Wanderers. Liverpool had gone behind to Eidur Gudjohnsen’s second-half penalty in the fourth-round replay at the Macron Stadium, before Raheem Sterling brought them level against the by-then 10-man Bolton in the 88th minute. Still, an extra 30 minutes looked likely before Coutinho produced a piece of magic in the first minute of injury time.
Picking up the ball 25 yards from goal, the Brazilian playmaker cut inside on his right foot before whipping a violently dipping shot in off the underside of the crossbar and into the net, with Bolton goalkeeper Andy Londergan left dumbfounded on the turf. The goal secures Liverpool a fifth-round meeting with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and keeps their hopes alive of winning a first trophy under Brendan Rodgers.
The result also continues Liverpool recent revival. After a dismal start to the season, they are closing the gap to the top four in the Premier League and, with Chelsea and Manchester City already eliminated, will be increasingly confident of their chances in the FA Cup. Coutinho, not only with his goal against Bolton, has been a key part of Liverpool now losing just once in their last 13 matches.