Aspas on target as Liverpool progress

Liverpool got their revenge on Oldham Athletic for knocking them out of the FA Cup last season by securing a 2-0 win over them at Anfield in the third round this time around.

Iago Aspas put the hosts in front with his first goal for the club nine minutes into the second half before an own goal from defender James Tarkowski put the result beyond doubt.

The Reds will now face the winner of the replay between Bournemouth and Burton Albion in the fourth round of the competition later this month.

Meanwhile, manager Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club are ready to send Raheem Sterling out on loan, Sky Sports understands.

The winger had been linked with a temporary move away from the club, though Rodgers laughed off the reports.

Elsewhere, Xabi Alonso looks unlikely to be returning to the English top flight as Real Madrid are set to offer him a new contract, according to the Express.

The Spain international, who spent five seasons with the Reds before moving to the Bernabeu in 2009, had been linked with both Chelsea and a return to Anfield in recent months but could now put pen to paper on a new deal which would see him remain in Madrid for a further two years.

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