Liverpool v Everton: Match Preview

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Liverpool v Everton

‪FA Cup semi-final


‪Saturday, April 14th; 1230 KO

‪Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones is set to make his first start since December 2010 with Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni serving suspensions.‬

‪Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson are pushing for starting places having both made their comebacks from injury in the midweek win at Blackburn. ‬

‪Everton will welcome back Leighton Baines, Tim Cahill and Nikica Jelavic after the trio were rested for the 4-0 win over Sunderland.‬

‪On-loan Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar is cup-tied.‬

Howard: Form counts for nothing

‪Tim Howard says Premier League form counts for nothing ahead of Everton’s FA Cup semi-final with Liverpool.‬

‪David Moyes’ side have won four and drawn one of their last five while, in comparison, their opponents have managed just one win since March 18.‬

‪Everton have leapfrogged above their Merseyside rivals in the table but Howard insists that will have no bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s game.‬

‪"It's a semi-final at Wembley against our closest rivals and it's a game where form goes out of the window," he told BBC Sport.‬

‪"It's a game of football that you've got to win and that's all that's important. ‬

‪"You have to play what's in front of you and it doesn't matter whether they are Premier League or non league, it's a team that you've got to beat to progress to the next round. ‬

‪"Ultimately it's one more step towards trying to win the FA Cup."‬

‪Everton lost 2-0 against Liverpool at Goodison Park in October and a Steven Gerrard hat-trick in the reverse fixture ensured a league double for Kenny Dalglish’s side this season.‬

‪"They've won both of the games that we've had against them this year, they've won a cup already as well, so it's going to be difficult," said Howard. ‬

‪Saturday's winners will face either Chelsea or Tottenham in the final on May 5.‬

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