John Aldridge believes Steven Gerrard should start against Aston Villa this week

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Ex-Liverpool fan favourite John Aldridge said that Steven Gerrard should be started in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa this Sunday.

It's been a while since Gerrard last started a match for the Anfield outfit, in fact his last start was in the 3-2 home victory against Tottenham dating back to February 11.  

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Liverpool's number eight was controversially sent off in the key match against Manchester United after his stamp on Ander Herrera; Gerrard was on the field for just 40 seconds, and his sending off didn't do the Reds any favours in their top four chase.

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However after serving a three match ban, Gerrard is eligible to take part in the vital semi-final clash against Villa at Wembley. 


It's unknown whether or not Gerrard will start the match as of yet but, John Aldridge certainly thinks the Kop favourite should.

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“I know some people will disagree on that, and I agree that it would be harsh to leave out either Lucas or Joe Allen for him, but I think there’s a way to fit him back into the team, especially if Daniel Sturridge is unable to start the game because of injury," He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“Steven’s a big-game player, and I’m sure he will be desperate to make amends for his last appearance in a red shirt. We all know what is riding on Sunday’s game, and you want players like Stevie out there, fighting for you; “What a fitting send off it would be for the great man.”


It's a strong and insightful opinion by Aldridge and it really does get you thinking if Gerrard should be selected by Brendan Rodgers to start the match, especially given his experience in the FA cup.

Gerrard was part of the Liverpool squad in 2006 that defeated a strong West Ham United side in the final; he scored that unforgettable 30 yard strike in the 90th minute to level the match at 3-3, to take the match to extra time.

An FA cup triumph would be the perfect send of for Steven Gerrard as he departs for MLS side, LA Galaxy. Liverpool fans: Should Steven Gerrard start the semi-final against Aston Villa? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! 

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John Aldridge
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Steven Gerrard
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