Five things learned about Liverpool during their win over Wimbledon

It may not have been pretty but Liverpool avoided a banana skin in the FA Cup to book their place in fourth round where they will take on Bolton Wanderers at Anfield.

Liverpool made it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup last night thanks to a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmedaow.

It wasn't without a scare though as the Reds were pegged back by an Adebayo Akinfenwa goal, sandwiched between two Steven Gerrard strikes.

The game was the first since Gerrard announced he will be leaving his boyhood club at the end of the season to go and play in the MLS in America, so there was a sense of inevitability he would mark the occasion by grabbing the winning goals.

There were other things of note from last night's game as the Reds tried to adapt without Adam Lallana, as Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic both came back into the starting line-up.

Here are five things we learned from the Reds' display:

Gerrard still has a big contribution to make between now and the end of the season:

It was against a League Two side but Gerrard was undoubtedly the stand-out performer in a more advanced role. It does make you wonder why he wasn't used more sparingly in that advanced role this season as it is quite clear he can have a positive effect on the side when a fresh looking Steven Gerrard is operating in the final third of the field.

Simon Mignolet's goalkeeping is still a worry:

One moment he makes a terrific save to keep the side ahead, the next his weaknesses are there for all to see as he failed to deal with the cross from the corner that ultimately led to Adebayo Akinfenwa prodding home from six yards to level the game up for the Dons. His spell out of the side has not helped him when it comes to dealing with cross, which seems to be one of the contributing factors to Liverpool's unwelcome habit of conceding from set-pieces.

It's time to play Lazar Markovic in a more orthodox role:

Markovic looked lively last night as he tried to get at the opposition defence, but he looks more and more uncomfortable playing as a wing-back. Alberto Moreno looks more at home in the role and is therefore the better option. With the absence of Adam Lallana there is probably scope to move him further forward, but if he is played in a wing-back role, it seems the Reds would look more solid with the Serbian playing off the right.

The scrappy game isn't one for Philippe Coutinho:

The Brazilian looked a fish out of water for most of the game given the type of game he plays. Last night was more about getting stuck in than showcasing flamboyance, and the Brazilian was only really showing his best skills towards the end of the game when the League Two side was showing signs of fatigue.

More question marks over Rickie Lambert:

Whilst most of the focus has been on Mario Balotelli not performing since joining Liverpool, the same question could be asked about Rickie Lambert. The expectations may have been different but he really struggled for the Reds last night, struggling to hold the ball up, or making any sort of impression on the opposition's back line. Balotelli made more of an impression during the closing stages than Lambert did - which makes you wonder whether either will be at the club in the summer on their current form.

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