It has come as a huge morale booster for Kenny Dalglish and his Red army. Liverpool's emphatic 5-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup third-round fixture at Anfield on Friday night was eloquent testimony to their immense assault potential.

Liverpool overcame an early setback to bounce back in style. Robbie Simpson scored the opener on 28 minutes from 25 yards. But it took just two minutes before Dalglish's trusted man Craig Bellamy netted in the equaliser. Around half time, Steven Gerrard too scored a brilliant penalty shot into the top corner.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey powered in a third goal on 68 minutes, followed by Andy Carroll who came up with a stunning finish on 89 minutes. Stewart Downing too scored for the Reds deep into added time (95 minutes), marking his first goal for the club. Liverpool's outing was, in fact, marked by goals by five different players.

Spoilsport

Meanwhile, Liverpool landed in a fresh racism row after one of their fans allegedly abused Tom Adeyemi, the Oldham midfielder who is on loan from Norwich City. The dramatic events took place 10 minutes from time. The Norwich-born player was almost close to tears. Police are investigating the exact turn of events. The incident, in fact, overshadowed Liverpool's achievement of the evening and even added to their current woes.

Here is how the events unfolded on Friday night:

Liverpool's Shelvey challenges Oldham Athletic's Wesolowski during their FA Cup soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool.Reuters
Liverpool's Gerrard shoots to score a penalty past Oldham Athletic's Cisak during their FA Cup soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool.Reuters
Liverpool's suspended player Suarez watches from the stand ahead of their FA Cup soccer match against Oldham Athletic at Anfield in Liverpool.Reuters
Oldham Athletic's Adeyemi points to the crowd as he is restrained by referee Swarbrick and Liverpool's Kuyt after a fan shouted abuse at him during their FA Cup soccer match in Liverpool.Reuters
Liverpool's Kuyt stretches for the ball during their FA Cup soccer match against Oldham Athletic in Liverpool.Reuters
Liverpool's Kuyt challenges Oldham Athletic's Weslowski during their FA Cup soccer match in Liverpool.Reuters