Steven Gerrard wants to finish his Liverpool career by lifting the FA Cup on his 35th birthday in May.
His tie winning brace secured Liverpool's place in the fourth round at the expensive of League Two AFC Wimbledon. Gerrard's statement of intent comes just a day after fierce rivals Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher made it clear that FA Cup glory is also on the Red Devils' agenda.
The pre-match talk was about whether AFC Wimbledon could reproduce the spirit of the original Wimbledon FC side in 1988 when they shocked Liverpool 1-0 in the final.
Of course since then Wimbledon FC has moved up the M1 to Milton Keynes and in 2004 was renamed Milton Keynes Dons. Gerrard's first game since announcing he'll be leaving his boyhood club wasn't an easy one.
He put the Reds ahead in under 15 minutes but saw his side pegged back when Adebayo Akinfenwa, dubbed the beast by the home fans, bundled home nine minutes before half time.
Liverpool survived a few more scares and Gerrard confirmed their place in the fourth round with a free-kick that James Shea has little chance to deal with.Should Gerrard want to celebrate his birthday in style his side will have to avoid another potential cup upset when they play Championship side Bolton in the next round.
It also looks like they will have to fight off the big dogs as all of the Premiership giants appear to be taking the famous competition more seriously this year.
Liverpool are currently fifth favourites for FA Cup glory at 8/1.
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