How to incorporate Steven Gerrard back into Liverpool’s starting XI

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Our captain will no doubt be desperate to be included in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final…

Brendan Rodgers will have a near full-strength team to pick from on Sunday as the Reds take on Aston Villa at Wembley in our FA Cup semi-final clash.

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Both Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard will be available again after suspension, while Mamadou Sakho is the only man to be definitely ruled out of the game (via the Liverpool Echo).

Doubts persist over Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana, who all missed the game against Newcastle United on Monday evening, but all three could potentially be back in time to give the boss a welcome selection headache.

The biggest question however will surely be over whether or not to include our iconic No. 8, who will surely be desperate to help lead his team to silverware in this, his final season with us.

GK) Simon Mignolet

Liverpool’s in-form man, he was brilliant against Blackburn in our last FA Cup outing and will hoping to continue his impressive run on the Wembley stage. He’ll be well aware of the threat Christian Benteke possesses.

RB) Emre Can

Played in the middle against Newcastle on Monday but should make way for the returning Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian’s return should mean either Lovren or Glen Johnson will miss out and we’ve kept faith with the former.

CB) Martin Skrtel

Was sorely missed against Arsenal but will impressed to have seen his teammates rally and record back-to-back clean-sheets against Blackburn and Newcastle. Will no doubt be eager to be back in the thick of the action.

CB) Dejan Lovren

Was left out against the Gunners and has done little wrong in the last two games. This could be make or break for him this one, with another high-profile mistake likely to see this second chance come to a swift end.

LB) Alberto Moreno

Jose Enrique has still not even made the bench since his return to training so there seems little reason to doubt the fact that Moreno will keep his place in the team. The Spaniard will need to get forward well down the left.

Dejan Lovren

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