Steven Gerrard talks FA Cup while Liverpool drop big hint over whether he’ll play

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Can our captain inspire us to victory today?

Steven Gerrard looks set to lead out his Liverpool teammates for today’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

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There has been plenty of debate during the week over whether the captain would reclaim his place in the side but his inclusion now looks a near certainty – with the No. 8 have been included in this promotional poster for the game.

The 34-year-old is of course desperate to play some part in the match and atone for his error against Manchester United last month, when his final game against the old enemy ended in a quick-fire sending off.

Speaking with our official website, the former England international explained why back-to-back victories against Villa and Arsenal, who await today’s winners after victory over Reading yesterday, could be the catalyst for bigger things.

The talismanic midfielder, whose near two-decades of service to the club’s first-team will come to an end this summer when he moves to the MLS to join LA Galaxy, will be aiming to go out on a high with a final piece of silverware.

Ahead of today’s game, he said: “I was a young player in 2000-01 when Liverpool won three cups and I know how significant it is to sample that unique taste of success.

“We need something that is going to act as a catalyst for this current young squad, something that is going to give the players the belief they can be successful for a number of years.

“Sometimes, it takes a major trophy for you to get that belief. The experience of going to Wembley makes you want to get back there as soon as possible.

“So the Aston Villa game becomes very important. We realise it’s going to be very tough but if we get through it will do everyone in the squad wonders, as well as Brendan and the staff.”

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