Will the Italian feature in next week’s semi-final?
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has urged his teammates to remember that the ‘job is only half done’ as they prepare for next week’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
The Reds sealed a spot in the competition’s final four on Wednesday as they beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park, a game for which the Italian was an unused substitute.
And while Borini remains confident about our prospects, he has issued a warning to his fellow Reds that a resurgent Villa side are likely to provide us with even sterner opposition.
Borini scored his one and only Liverpool goal this season in the league game against Villa back in January, since which he has only featured twice for Brendan Rodgers’ side – in the two FA Cup games against Bolton Wanderers.
However, he’ll no doubt be hoping to prove himself ahead of our Wembley visit, having scored at the home of English football for Sunderland last season, when they took on Manchester City in the League Cup final.
Villa have enjoyed a fine run of results under new manager Tim Sherwood, who has steered the club away from the Premier League’s relegation zone as well as booking the Midlands side a date against the Reds.
Borini, who was quoted by official website, said of our semi-final: “It’s a great achievement but it’s only half of the job done, because we need to win the semi-final and go to the final – which is one of the main objectives that we’re trying to achieve.
“They [Villa] have quick players. A big pitch like Wembley, with a lot of motivation, creates a stage to play on. It’s always difficult.
“But we have a chance – we are in the semi-final and there are only four teams left – so of course I think we can win the FA Cup.”