Liverpool can look to past FA Cup heartache to achieve glory

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Brendan Rodgers believes that Liverpool's past heartbreaks will come of aid to win the FA Cup.

The Reds meet Aston Villa this Sunday at Wembley in the semi-final of the world's oldest cup competition as Rodgers looks to capture his first trophy at the Merseyside outfit.

The Northern Irishman has went close to landing two pieces of silverware since taking the helm at Anfield in 2012. The Premier League title was within touching distance as Manchester City finished just two points ahead of Liverpool last campaign and they were just seen off by Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup earlier this year.

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Rodgers will be desperate to add a trophy to the Anfield cabinet and win his side's first prize since they won the Capital One Cup in 2012 under Kenny Dalglish.

And the former Swansea City boss feels that previous disappointments should help when looking to land the FA Cup.

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“I think for us it’s just ensuring we control the emotion in the game,” Rodgers said during his pre-match press conference.

“It’s a semi-final of the cup, we want to get to the final, but we have to play the game and concentrate on what performance wise we’re good at. If we do that then we will have a great chance.

“I’ve been pleased with how we coped in the semi-final over the two games with Chelsea. They went on and won it, but we were clearly the better team.

“We’ve just got to make that next step and if we can do that and win a trophy this year, it would give a huge boost of confidence to the team going forward.

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

“(Phil) Mickelson, he never won a Masters for years. Everyone said could he do it, he didn’t do it, didn’t do it. And then he won his first one and then that gave him the confidence.

“In sport, that’s how it works. I look at players who have won the Champions Leagues and you go back and trace back and see they have also lost Champions League semi-finals and finals. It’s all part of the journey of being a winner, losing but taking that forward and improving you.”

Must Win

For Liverpool to have a relatively successful season, capturing the FA Cup is a must.

The Reds have disappointed in the Premier League this term, mainly down to their poor start to the campaign when taking just 14 points from their opening ten games.

Rodgers' side have turned their form around in the top-flight since the turn of the New Year, however, they currently trail fourth-place Manchester City by four points and look to miss out on a Champions League spot.

Qualification for Europe's elite club competition is always the aim and Kopites will be displeased they will not be competing against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich next campaign.

Winning the FA Cup would bring some redemption to their season. 

It has been over three years since the Merseyside club won a major trophy and you have to go back all the way to 2006 to when they last achieved FA Cup success.

Villa A Tough Clash

On paper, Liverpool should waltz past Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Birmingham-side sit 15th in the Premier League, ten places behind the Reds, and are still in a gruelling relegation battle.

However, since Tim Sherwood took the reigns at Villa Park, they've looked a completely different team.

Sherwood has added confidence within the Villa camp and brought the best out of Christian Benteke, who's netted six goals in his last eight Premier League games.

Liverpool cannot afford to have one eye on the final. Villa have already beat the Reds 1-0 at Anfield this season and are capable of causing heartbreak once again to Kopites.

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