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Philippe Coutinho's late goal completed Liverpool's comeback as they battled from behind to beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium and reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Brendan Rodgers named a strong Liverpool team to meet the Trotters which included captain Steven Gerrard who has struggled with injury in recent weeks.

It was Bolton who netted first however, when Eidur Gudjohnsen calmly slotted his penalty home after Martin Skrtel brought down Zach Clough.

The Reds looked to be crashing out of the world's oldest cup competition but in the 86th minute Emre Can's aerial ball found Raheem Sterling and the England international smartly slotted his effort past Wanderers goalkeeper Andy Longeran.

It looked as if the game was going to extra-time but with seconds left on the clock the ball kindly fell to Coutinho who crasihng effort left Longeran stranded and sent Liverpool through to the next stage of the FA Cup where they will met Crystal Palace.

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Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet 6.5

Little to do throughout the game and left helpless against Gudjohnsen's penalty. Boldy came out to deal with crosses, however unnecessarily punched on occasions instead of catching the ball.

Emre Can 7.5

An excellent performance from the German. He was strong in the tackle, won plenty of headers and drove out of the defence with the ball at his feet. Superb ball to assist Sterling and also had a an effort crash against the bar.

Martin Skrtel 6

A little disappointing from Martin Skrtel. He had been in excellent form but struggled to time his tackles and gave the ball away too easily. Harshly penalised for the spot kick but Clough had already beaten him.

Mamadou Sakho 6.5

Strong in the tackle and looked as strong as an ox at times. However, did not look comfortable on the ball when under pressure.

Lazar Markovic 5.5

Disappointing once again and needs a break out of the side. Did little going forward and lost the ball too often. Also sloppy when defending.

Steven Gerrard 6.5

Struggled in a deeper role in the first-half and could no influence the game. Much better when moved further up the pitch after the break playing plenty of smart passes.

Joe Allen 4

Virtually non-existent throughout the game. Knocked off the ball too much as well as giving it away too often.

Alberto Moreno 6

Got into good positions and made some fantastic runs but his end product was not up to scratch throughout. Defended well throughout.

Adam Lallana 6

Played a few sharp passes as well as some very good turns but he did not affect the game as much as expected.

Philippe Coutinho 8

A wonderful performance from the Brazilian. He was a magician with the ball at his feet with smart flicks over Bolton defender's heads. Excellent goal late on summed his performance up.

Raheem Sterling 7.5

Superb movement from Raheem Sterling who dragged Trotters' defenders around. Got himself into good positions and missed a few chances before excellently finishing his goal.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson 6.5

Inflicted energy into the game when he came on and allowed Gerrard to play in a advanced role.

Fabio Borini 6.5

A decent performance from Fabio Borini who made several runs into the Bolton box.

Daniel Sturridge 5.5

Not as sharp as expected but the game time will have did him good.

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