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Liverpool v Aston Villa FA Semi PRE-GAME ANALYSIS

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Brendan will be hope that he can bring home the FA Cup and join the log list of Mangers to do so in the first three months on being in charge at the club.

As of todays standings Liverpool are 25 points above Tim Sherwood’s team in the Premier League. Recent league experiences must galvanize the players resolve to the task of reaching the 30 May final.
An assessment will be made of Sturridge’s hip injury on Saturday before deciding whether to involve the striker at Wembley.

Rodgers points out

“I always think that if you trace back the winners in sport and look at everything they have won, you also look at what they have lost. You will see they go close on a number of occasions before they step on.

With Sherwood’s in-form team standing in the way of our first return to the silverware since May 2012, the reds only option is to go into the game and give 100% from the get go.

 A high line pressing set-up would be the best option to take charge of the game, if however we are tending to play deep and pass across the park then today will be a nail biting one.

When we played Arsenal we were far too deep…fast forward to the Newcastle game Liverpool were a completely deferent team.

Victories on the road in the cup so far has given the team the belief that silverware is on the cards. Each goal, has given Kopites the same belief, now we are making the journey to south Anfield, the once home of the Reds in the glory days. Now in our thousands we hope to strengthen the side’s target of claiming a trophy.

Rodgers told his players at the outset of the campaign that delivering in cup competitions was a key objective – and semi-final elimination in the Capital One Cup has only fostered greater determination in the FA Cup.

Rogers goes on to say…

 

”We now arrive into our second semi-final of the season. This is a really prestigious competition and the game at Wembley sets it up perfectly for us.

“We know it will be a difficult game but this club is based around winning trophies and we want to do everything we can to turn what was a disappointing season at the beginning into what will hopefully be a successful season come the end.

“We’re looking forward to it. It’s a one-off game. We’ve got players that have got great experience of Wembley, we’ve also got really talented players that are looking forward to playing on the big stage and we’ve got experienced players.

“But we also respect that Aston Villa have got good players as well. These games are normally always tight and I’m sure that Sunday will be no different.

“In most games, Liverpool will go into it normally as favourites because of the sheer size of the club and the talent that we have. We’re happy to accept that, but Aston Villa have been playing well.

“They have changed the shape of their team and [Christian] Benteke is a striker who is doing well at the moment, supported well by [Gabriel] Agbonlahor and their team is working well.

“They had a good result against Tottenham so that will give them confidence and they can maybe feel they can take their eye a little bit off the league, even though they’ll probably have a bit of work to do in that.

“We’re not being complacent in any way at all – we know it’s a tough game and we’ll be ready for a tough game.”

Overview of the last five encounters with the Villa

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