After a scoreless result in their first matchup, Liverpool received goals from attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling off a left-footed volley, and a brilliant 86th-minute strike from distance by attacking midfielder Phillipe Coutinho, to hold off Bolton Wanderers, 2-1, in a fourth-round FA Cup replay at Macron Stadium on Wednesday.
Liverpool will move on to the fifth round to face Crystal Palace on Feb. 14.
Coutinho's goal was a bending right-footed shot that hit the top of the crossbar and went in to secure the victory. Sterling's volley was a well-placed low shot that just beat Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan.
Bolton Wanderers attacking midfielder Eidur Gudjohnsen scored a penalty that put the Trotters up 1-0 in the 59th minute. The penalty was awarded for a wayward tackle by defender Martin Skrtel on Bolton's 19-year-old forward Zach Clough. Liverpool were helped by Bolton midfielder Neil Danns being sent off for picking up a second yellow card in the 65th minute after a tackle on Joe Allen.
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool squad increased the attacking pressure on an undermanned Bolton, and hit a few shots off the post and crossbar until finding the back of the net twice.
Sterling had a couple of early scoring chances, including a wide miss off a dribble in the 14th minute and a right-footed bending shot that clanked off the post in the 31st minute. The first half ended scoreless with Liverpool holding 57 percent of first-half possession.
It was a fine rebound for Liverpool after a forgettable result when the two clubs met on Jan. 24. The initial fourth-round FA Cup match at Anfield was a 0-0 draw, in a match of missed opportunities. Liverpool put 24 shots on goal, 14 taken from inside the box, but still couldn’t find the back of the net. Liverpool had been without injured striker Daniel Sturridge, who recently returned to action on Saturday as a substitute and scored in a 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham.
Midfielder Steven Gerrard, 17 years after his debut, appeared in his 700th Liverpool match, the third most behind only Ian Callaghan (857) and Jamie Carragher (737).
Next for Liverpool is an away Premier League derby match against mid-table rivals Everton on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Merseysiders sit 7th on the table and seem to be returning to form. Bolton will return to England’s second-tier Championship League play against second-place Derby County on Saturday. Bolton are toward the bottom half of the table in 14th place.