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Liverpool: Is their FA Cup exit a blessing in disguise?

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No Liverpool fan would have been happy to see the Reds lose at the hands of Arsenal yesterday, especially in what was such a close-fought contest in yet another competition they could have potentially won.

However, Daniel Agger and Liverpool can leave the frightening sight of Yaya Sanogo in the past, as they turn their attention to their sole aim; the Premier League. It is no secret that Brendan Rodgers has had his sights set firmly on top-four finish.

Fans have been waiting in anticipation of the day that Liverpool return to the promised land that is the Champions League. And Liverpool's impressive form this season has seen them edge closer to a place in Europe's premier competition.

Liverpool have been red-hot in the league - especially at Anfield. The Reds are unbeaten in nine matches prior to yesterday's defeat and have firepower most dictators would be envious of in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

With their rivals still battling on as many as three fronts, Liverpool now have an edge. Their exit at the Emirates not only relieved the pressure of a quarter-final tie against Merseyside rivals Everton, but heaped that pressure straight onto the Gunners.

With a two-legged tie against European Cup champions Bayern Munich and away trips to Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton to come in the league, it is doubtful the Gunners can hold on to their lofty position of second place in the Premier League for too long.

Manchester City face a problem not to dissimilar to that of Arsenal, with at least four more matches to play than Liverpool this season, and potentially, as many as ten.

Even the resurgent Tottenham, who sit only three points away from the Reds, will have to do battle in the Europa league, with an away trip to FC Dnipro on Thursday.

Liverpool meanwhile will have at least a week to prepare for their games. And with injured quartet Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, Luis Enrique and Lucas Leiva likely to return before the end of the season, Rodgers' seemingly razor thin squad will be up to full strength and ready to fight in their remaining 12 matches.

Silverware for Rodgers and his men certainly would have whet the appetite of supporters everywhere. But a top-four finish or possibly the Premier League title would no doubt have Liverpool fans foaming at the mouth.

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