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Given to start against Liverpool at Wembley

Given will start at Wembley. Credit: PA

Boss Tim Sherwood has confirmed Shay Given will start Aston Villa's FA Cup semi final against Liverpool.

The veteran keeper turns 39 on Monday and will face the Reds on Sunday to continue his comeback at the club.

Given made just two league appearances under ex-manager Paul Lambert, although has been Villa's goalkeeper for the cups after losing his regular place to Brad Guzan in 2012.

He was loaned out to Middlesbrough last season and failed to play a game for Villa.

But Sherwood will put his faith in the Republic of Ireland international to help his side into the final.

He said: "Shay plays. Absolutely. He's done nothing wrong Shay, he's a large part of the reason we're in this semi-final.

"The saves he made against Leicester were fantastic and at the right time. He trains fantastically well and he's pushing Brad all the way for that No.1 spot."


Inter chief: It makes me sad to see Coutinho shine at Liverpool

Coutinho has been outstanding for Liverpool this year. Credit: PA

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says it makes him said that former player Philippe Coutinho is shining at Liverpool.

Coutinho left the Italian giants in January 2013 for just £8m and has just been shortlisted for this season's PFA Player of the Year after a number of brilliant performances.

"He was just 18 when he arrived at the club from Vasco," Ausilio told Sky Italia.

“Then came Benitez and the expectations were very high. Rafa used him on the flanks in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

“He was not playing much and we lacked patience so we decided to sell him.

“I would like young players to grow and succeed here; when I seen them play for other clubs, it makes me sad.”

Ayre: Sterling not leaving Liverpool this summer

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is adamant that forward Raheem Sterling won't be departing Anfield this summer.

Contract talks with the England international are on hold, but Ayre says the club won't rush into any decision over his future imminently.

Raheem Sterling has already turned down a contract offer. Credit: PA

"Raheem's agent has asked that we park all discussions regards his future until the summer. We respect that.

"Raheem is a Liverpool player and has over two years left on his contract. We expect Raheem Sterling to be here for a long time."

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