April 17, 2015 17:55:49 UK
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not ruling out a return for captain Steven Gerrard in Sunday’s FA Cup semi final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
The Reds midfielder is available again having served his three-game suspension for the red card he received in his ill-fated cameo during the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Anfield in March.
Rodgers highlighted Gerrard’s experience of the big occasions at Wembley in the past as a key factor that can help Liverpool reach this season’s FA Cup final but he has not confirmed whether or not the 34-year-old will be involved from the start.
“He is definitely ready,” said Rodgers. “We played a behind-closed-doors game on Monday in which he and a few other players who have been out played. He is fine.”
Liverpool are 1.61 to beat Aston Villa and reach the FA Cup Final. The game on 30th May would then represent Gerrard’s final appearance for Liverpool.
Vila are 6.00 with the draw 4.20 and Rodgers says Gerrard will be a big help irrespective of whether he plays or not.
“The most important thing is his availability. He is a special footballer and Wembley is somewhere he knows very well. Whether he plays or not, he will be a very important player for us on the day,” he added.
A potential fairytale FA Cup victory has been on the minds of Liverpool supporters ever since Gerrard announced his intention to leave the club at the end of this season.
Liverpool are 2.62 to win the competition with holders Arsenal at 1.80.
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