Liverpool survives scare, beats Notts
Raheem Sterling got the hosts off to the perfect start on five minutes when he skipped through the Notts County defence before firing past Bartosz Bialkowski. Liverpool then doubled their lead through the in-form Daniel Sturridge, who latched onto Steven Gerrard’s inch-perfect pass to execute a cool finish.
Notts County deservedly pulled a goal back through a second-half Yoan Arquin header when the striker guided Manny Smith’s nod across goal past Simon Mignolet. Buoyed by the goal, the visitors managed to equalize when substitute Adam Coombes dispatched Arquin’s cross from close-range, much to the delight of the 3,000 traveling fans.
The tie entered extra-time and Sturridge then restored Liverpool’s lead as the break approached when he raced onto Philippe Coutinho’s through-ball before firing under the unfortunate Bialkowski. Second-half substitute Jordan Henderson then added the icing on the cake with a superb solo-effort after skipping past Gary Liddle.