FT: Oldham 3 Liverpool 2

The full-time whistle goes and Liverpool bow out of the FA Cup in dramatic style following a thrilling 3-2 loss to Oldham at Boundary Park. The crowd go berserk as they celebrate a stunning victory.

Sturridge attempts to take a long ball coming in over his shoulder as Byrne nervously tries to stay with him, but he cannot control it.

Oldham edge ever closer to a famous victory as Liverpool's passing continues to prove frustratingly wayward.

It is nothing but hopeful shots from distance at the moment, as Sturridge drags one horribly wide from outside the area.

Six minutes of stoppage time have been signalled as Liverpool continue to launch long balls forward in an effort to salvage a leveller.

Gerrard comes within a whisker of equalising as his 25-yard piledriver beats the despairing dive of Bouzanis but comes crashing back off the crossbar.

Robinson takes up a menacing position but perhaps just shows his inexperience as he decides to shoot rather than cross and slices his effort badly wide.

Allen wriggles away from Taylor and goes for goal, but his shot is again blocked and loops agonisingly behind for another corner.

Oldham continue to resist as Gerrard's shot from the edge of the box is deflected over the bar by the impressive Byrne.

Mellor comes on to replace the injured Smith for the closing stages.

The physios come on to administer treatment to Smith, who is in obvious pain, and he has to be stretchered from the field.

Smith has not ducked out of an aerial challenge all afternoon but his latest act of physical commitment comes at a cost as he bangs awkwardly into a team-mate and goes down clutching his shoulder.

GOAL! Liverpool grab a lifeline as the ball comes out to Allen 20 yards from goal and he unleashes a volley which takes a wicked deflection off Baxter and ends up in the bottom corner.

That miss will be Simpson's last act of the match as he makes way for Taylor.

Simpson has the opportunity to surely put the tie beyond Liverpool as he is set free by Smith's flick-on, but he opts to shoot first time when he could perhaps have brought the ball under control and drags it well wide.

Shelvey lets fly with an ambitious effort from 30 yards which is powerfully struck but flies over the crossbar.

Liverpool will feel that if they can get one goal back they will be able to snatch an equaliser, but Oldham look organised at the back and are fighting for their lives.

Liverpool make their third and final change as Shelvey comes on for Sterling.

Coates dwells on the ball for too long in the Liverpool defence and Smith is in quickly to try and steal it. However, referee Probert deems that the Oldham player is a tad too aggressive in his endeavours and issues a yellow card.

Oldham relieve the pressure temporarily and Baxter tries his luck from distance, but his fizzing low shot skids just wide.

Suarez is heavily involved again as he shepherds a long throw past Wesolowski and tries to poke a shot past Bouzanis from the tightest of angles, but the goalkeeper has got his positioning right and makes the save.

Suarez twists inside his defender and lays the ball back to Gerrard, whose shot is blocked by the backside of Baxter. The danger is not over as it comes back to Sturridge, but he blazes an effort high into the stands.

Conditions at Boundary Park have taken a turn for the worse and, along with heavy rain, the wind is having a major impact as it takes a long ball from Jones straight out of play.

Gerrard's pass towards Suarez is deflected and Bouzanis comes scurrying off his line to gather the ball.

Sterling is released down the right-hand channel following a slick move but he attempt to square it with an ambitious flick and Mvoto is there to clear.

Gerrard has already made a difference since coming on but he cannot get his shot away quickly enough here as Byrne makes a good block on the edge of the area.

Liverpool are trying to build up a head of steam here and Oldham, quite understandably given the situation, are beginning to retreat further and further.

Suarez shows nimble footwork to create space for himself in the Oldham box but the door is quickly shut on him as Grounds blocks two shots from the Uruguayan in quick succession.

Gerrard is summoned off the bench and comes on to replace Wisdom, while Downing is on for Borini. Can Liverpool talisman Gerrard inspire a dramatic fightback?

Liverpool appeal for a penalty as Winchester misses the ball in challenging Sterling and appears to just catch Sterling, but the referee waves play on.

Oldham earn a free-kick just outside the Liverpool area and Baxter picks out Mvoto at the back post. He gets up above his defender but cannot direct his header on goal.

The crowd is buzzing and Liverpool look all at sea, as Baxter has a chance to kill off the tie completely but attempts a delicate chip from the edge of the area which Jones saves easily.

Rodgers looks to have decided that he has to act quickly as Gerrard and Downing are sent out to warm up.

GOAL! A shock is well and truly on the cards now as Wabara leaps above the Liverpool defence to connect powerfully with a header from Winchester's left-wing cross, leaving Jones with no chance as the ball goes high into the net.

Oldham are nearly caught napping right at the start of the second half as Borini blazes over after being presented with a glorious opportunity from Robinson's cross.

Liverpool get the second half started. There have been no changes at the interval, but Rodgers will surely assess his options soon if the Reds cannot get back on level terms quickly.

The half-time whistle goes and it is 2-1 to Oldham at Boundary Park following a brace from Smith. Suarez had cancelled out his opener and it looked like Liverpool were beginning to take control, but that goal just before the interval has set up a fascinating second period.

GOAL! Smith restores Oldham's on the stroke of half-time following a howler by Jones. The Liverpool keeper spills a low cross from Wabara that should have been a routine catch, allowing Croft to turn the ball across for Smith to provide the simplest of finishes.

Baxter takes a free-kick from just inside the Liverpool half and Smith wins the aerial challenge with Coates. His header may just be creeping into the top corner but Jones is quickly across to parry it behind for a corner.

Oldham have been strong in the air today and they again get to the ball first as Mvoto's header is easily held by Jones.

Simpson shows his pace down the wing to latch on to Baxter's clever pass, before winning a corner.

Winchester recovers well to tackle Borini after loose play by Baxter had put Oldham in a spot of bother.

Borini, who is of course just back from injury, takes one in the face from close range as a clearance from Grounds briefly leaves the Italian shaken.

The game just gets bogged down in midfield for a moment as both sides jostle for control. The players are probably looking forward to a break at half-time following a frenetic first half.

The duel between Smith and Skrtel continues as the Oldham forward this time does not try to take on his man and instead shoots for goal, but slices it wide.

There is excitement among the fans as it seems momentarily that Smith has escaped from Skrtel and is through on goal, but the Liverpool centre-back retrieves the situation with a well-timed challenge.

Wesolowski feeds Baxter and he steps inside his man 30 yards from goal and tries his luck with a right-footed shot. It is a well-struck effort which has Jones sprawling to his right, but the ball flies just wide.

Oldham are trying to hit their front men with long balls but Liverpool are getting to grips with Smith's physicality and not letting him hold up play so effectively.

There is a fluidity of movement about Liverpool's top four and it should result in a second goal for Sterling as he is played in by Borini, but the youngster directs his shot from the edge of the area too close to Bouzanis and that is a much easier save than he should have been allowed to make.

It was perhaps inevitable that Liverpool would start to boss proceedings and the Premier league side are beginning to look dangerous now, with Suarez and Sturridge starting to link up well like they did against Norwich last weekend.

Suarez slams a ferocious effort high and very wide following Sturridge's cut-back from the left wing.

Henderson steps up to take the free-kick and Suarez's glancing header diverts the ball into the net, but the flag is raised for offside and the goal will not count.

Suarez is brought down by a late challenge just outside the area and this is a dangerous position for Liverpool, as a yellwo card comes out for Wabara.

Referee Probert calls in the two captains for a word following another confrontation, this time between Sturridge and Byrne after a tackle by the Oldham defender that ended up with both men send tumbling to the floor.

There are shouts for a penalty, from the home fans at least, as Oldham claim a Coates handball under pressure from Smith on the edge of the area. The referee waves play on.

That goal may have quietened the crowd but Oldham should not be disheartened as they have been the better side during the early period.

GOAL! Suarez equalises for Liverpool out of the blue, as the captain for the day picks up possession in Oldham territory and sets off on a direct run. He gets a bit of luck along the way as he drives past Byrne, but there is no doubting the composure of the finish as he tucks calmly past Bouzanis into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Coates and Skrtel are struggling to handle the strength of Smith at the moment, while Liverpool's much-vaunted attack has not yet had a sniff of goal.

Baxter has another chance to shoot from distance following powerful play by Smith, and the former Everton youngster drills an effort a couple of feet wide.

Oldham win a free-kick in a dangerous area and the ball breaks for Baxter, who cannot connect forcefully with his shot from the edge of the area.

M'Changama is not fit to carry on following that earlier knock and has been replaced by Winchester.

This is certainly a spicy cup tie as the tackles continue to fly in, with Oldham not prepared to take a backward step and really putting Liverpool under pressure.

Jones spills a speculative effort from Croft, which sparks a flashpoint as Simpson tries to go in for the rebound but catches the Liverpool goalkeeper. Skrtel comes in quickly to square up to Simpson and the referee has to intervene, showing Simpson a yellow card.

Sterling becomes the first player to get shown a yellow card following a late challenge on M'Changama which leaves the winger in pain and doubtful to continue.

This is a dream start for Oldham and they are showing no sign of letting their foot off the pedal as they are roared on by passionate fans.

GOAL! Oldham open the scoring and send the fans wild as Smith beats Coates in the air to head a left-wing cross from M'Changama towards goal, with Skrtel unable to clear with a despairing attempt on the line.

The crowd is in good voice and Oldham are showing plenty of urgency in the early stages as they look to pin Liverpool back.

Oldham kick us off at Boundary Park. There were a number of shocks in the FA Cup yesterday and the magic has continued already today. Will Liverpool be the latest giants to fall?

Just time for one more prediction before we start, and Ceiron says: "I think Liverpool will win 3-0 with goals from Sturridge, Suarez and Henderson. Dominance of possession is key. LFC ynwa! C'mon you Reds."

Oldham forward Jose Baxter will be one player particularly keen to shine today. Born in Bootle, Baxter was tipped for a bright future when he began his professional career with Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton. He joined Oldham last summer and, still only aged 20, will be desperate to remind everyone of his talent on a big stage today.

Michael writes: "Be interesting to see how the front four set up, I see Suarez playing a more No.10 role behind the striker now, with two holding midfielders, but it will be interesting to see. Can only see this going one way - 5-0 Liverpool."

Fionn says: "Field day for Liverpool today, 4-0. Sturridge, Suarez (2) and Borini getting on the scoresheet."

Oldham will at least be hoping to make this a closer contest than last season's third-round meeting between the sides at Anfield, when Liverpool ran out convincing 5-1 winners. But judging from the feedback in so far it does not seem that many people are giving Paul Dickov's side a chance.

Tony writes: "I see nothing but a Liverpool victory with an offensive team, great news Suarez captains the team. Hope we talk positive about Luis Suarez after the game. Prediction 3-0 to Liverpool with a Danny goal."

"Kieran from Liverpool, we should win easily against Oldham. It will be 3-1 and a dominant performance from the Reds. ynwa!"

@KaTyCaNaVaN is the first to get in touch, tweeting: "Been an upsetting weekend for some of the big clubs, as a Red I hope we win but putting nothing past Oldham!!"

Oldham: Bouzanis, Wabara, Mvoto, Byrne, Grounds, Croft, Wesolowski, M'Changama, Simpson, Baxter, Smith. Subs: Cisak, Brown, Tarkowski, Taylor, Winchester, Sutherland, Mellor.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Coates, Robinson, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Borini, Sturridge. Subs: Gulacsi, Gerrard, Downing, Lucas, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey.

Liverpool had to battle hard to see off Mansfield in the previous round but go into this game in good form, having thumped Norwich 5-0 in the Premier League last weekend to boost their hopes of breaking into the top four. Oldham have beaten Kidderminster, Doncaster and Championship side Nottingham Forest to reach this point, although they are in a dismal run of form in League One and are currently just above the relegation zone after losing seven out of their last eight matches.

Get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Do you think Oldham can spring a surprise today or will Liverpool prove too strong? Who do you think are likely to be the key players? The full team news will be in shortly but the early news from Liverpool is that both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge start, with the Uruguayan to wear the captain's armband.

Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary on Oldham's clash with Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup. It has been a weekend full of drama so far in the competition and League One club Oldham will be dreaming of becoming giant killers this afternoon as Brendan Rodgers' Reds visit Boundary Park.

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