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4 Reasons Why Liverpool Struggled Against AFC Wimbledon, Feat. Dodgy Keeper

Liverpool travelled to AFC Wimbledon last night in the FA Cup, and emerged from the tie with a 2-1 victory against the League Two side.

Were it not for their captain fantastic Steven Gerrard, however, they might have lost the tie.

The veteran midfielder, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season and move to Major League Soccer, scored the first goal of the game.

Wimbledon then equalised through behemoth Adebayo Akinfenwa, who exploited some dodgy defending from a set piece.

It was up to Gerrard to rescue the tie, and Liverpool’s frequent hero bent home a free kick from just outside the area to send the Reds through to the fourth round of the competition.

Given the relative quality of the opposition, the Anfield club will need to improve in the next round if they want to make any sort of impact on England’s most prestigious cup competition.

Here is why they struggled:

1. Simon Mignolet

Something terrible has happened to Simon Mignolet. He’s bereft of all confidence, and can’t seem to make a correct decision to save his life.

His choices from set pieces last night were particularly poor. He didn’t come for the ball when it was necessary, and came when it wasn’t.

If he keeps up these displays, there is no way Liverpool won’t bring in another keeper in January.

2. Rickie Lambert

Okay, this one isn’t really Lambert’s fault. The Reds struggled to get the ball up to him, and he was forced to drop deep repeatedly to come get the ball.

That shouldn’t be his job, and hinders his ability to impact the game at the end of the pitch that he is at his best – the opposition’s. Liverpool need a goalscorer, and asking him to spend so much of the game away from the penalty area seems a shame.

3. Javier Manquillo

The Atletico Madrid loanee looked relatively solid in defence, but when attacking, he caused his own side problems.

There were a number of times when attacks down the right broke down after the young star passed the ball directly to a Wimbledon player.

However, it was a one off, and he is still developing, so it seems unfair to judge him too harshly on this display.

4. Adebayo Akinfenwa

Nicknamed “The Beast”, this brute of a striker caused the sort of trouble you’d expect to the Liverpool defence.

Time and time again he won the ball in the air ahead of Liverpool’s defenders.

His display served a lesson to the managers of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals – even three centre backs from their stable can’t deal with the presence of a strong target man.

Liverpool Star Raves About Club’s New Spanish Duo

Liverpool star Jose Enrique has raved about the club’s new Spanish duo, saying that both Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno have both settled in perfectly after their summer transfers, as reported by the Daily Star.

Moreno was involved in one of the more long running transfer sagas of the summer, with Liverpool and Sevilla negotiating considerably over his transfer fee.

Eventually, a deal to bring him to Anfield for £12 million was agreed between the two clubs, and he made the move just after the start of the season.

Manquillo was something of an unknown when Liverpool were first linked with a move for him.

The Reds eventually put together a deal with Atletico Madrid, who won La Liga last season, signing him on loan for a two year spell.

Both have been impressive since their arrivals on Merseyside, and they have impressed their compatriot Enrique, who has finally recovered from a series of injuries.

Enrique said: “They have settled in perfectly.

“I’m helping them along with that. More or less we are meeting nearly every day outside the training ground with Suso as well.

“Manquillo for me has done really, really well.

“It’s difficult for a young guy who didn’t play too much in the First Division in Spain to come to a completely different league.

“He’s doing really well. He’s doing his job. Defensively he’s really strong and going forward he can cross really well.

“As a person, he’s fantastic – he’s really, really funny. I get on really well with him.”