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Brendan Rodgers: "Sometimes you can want to win too much"

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side were beaten by the better team as the Reds were denied a place in the FA Cup final by a resurgent Aston Villa.

Villa came from behind to win 2-1 at Wembley as strikes from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener.

Liverpool entered the contest as strong favourites, leading their opponents by 25 points in the Barclays Premier League, but Villa deserved their victory after a dynamic and dominant display.

"We're obviously bitterly disappointed but more with the performance,"

"You can always lose a game but you need to play well and give yourself an opportunity.

"We had some chances but I thought they were better than us today to be honest."

"Sometimes you can want to win too much. The focus comes away from what allows you to win."

– Brendan Rodgers

The FA Cup final, which comes on Gerrard's 35th birthday, would have been the midfielder's last game in a Reds shirt before he leaves for America and LA Galaxy in the summer.


Blackburn face Liverpool in FA Cup replay

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Liverpool travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn for their quarter final replay, this evening.

The last time they met at Anfield they drew NIL - NIL.

Gary Bowyer’s team have already enjoyed FA Cup wins at Ewood Park against Premier League teams this season with Swansea City and Stoke City coming unstuck in east Lancashire.

The winner will head to Wembley for the semi-finals.


Preston North End's biggest game in 40 years

Thousands of Preston North End fans will pack a sold out Deepdale for a match described as a "once in lifetime."

The FA Cup fifth round glamour tie sees the Premier League heavy weights, Manchester United, make the short trip up the M6.

It's the first time since 1972 that United have played in Preston.

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