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Rodgers: Liverpool will give Blackburn the same respect as Man City

Liverpool face Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to avoid the kind of mistakes which have seen many top sides falter in the FA Cup as he eyes a place in the semi-finals.

The Reds head into the weekend as favourites for the competition after fellow big guns Manchester United and Arsenal were drawn together in the last eight.

Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn visit Anfield on Sunday and while Rovers are 25 places below their hosts Rodgers insists they will be treated the same as Manchester City - second in the Premier League - were last weekend.

"They got their first league win away from home in four months in the week (at Sheffield Wednesday) but we will give them the same respect we would give Manchester City or any other team," said the Liverpool boss.

"It is a big game. We made it clear our intent in this competition was to get to the final and win it and to do that you have to beat different types of teams and Blackburn will come and look to make it difficult for us.

"I think (Rovers manager) Gary Bowyer has done an outstanding job since he has gone in there.

"He's had a similar pathway to myself in terms of working in youth development so he understands football clubs from the top to the bottom.

"He has gone in there in very difficult circumstances and stabilised the club and got everyone on the same path and has done an outstanding job."


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