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Liverpool Draw Aston Villa in FA Cup Semi-Finals

Brendan Rodgers will have to contend with the might of Tim Sherwood if Liverpool make it through a replay to face Aston Villa at Wembley.

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Liverpool have to earn a place in a replay at Ewood Park after a goalless draw at Anfield over the weekend but are still in the draw. Brendan Rodgers commented that his goal for the past two league matches and FA Cup quarter final was four points and a place in the hat for the next round.

There were six teams in the draw including Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool. Aston Villa under the tactical and motivational mastery of Tim Sherwood triumphed over Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion for the second time in as many games to secure a place in the next round. Arsenal deservedly won at Old Trafford with Danny Welbeck rightly celebrating the winner as Louis van Gaal's side resorted to diving when luck wasn't enough to avoid defeat. The magic of the FA Cup still lives on through Bradford and Reading as both sides have another chance to make it through to a great day for the fans.

For those wishing Liverpool could have a crack at a side managed by Tim Sherwood once again, the Football Gods have made it so via the hands of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and British television and radio presenter Dermot O'Leary. Bradford or Reading will play Arsenal in the other draw with a potential repeat of the 2001 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Liverpool on the cards. The two goals from Michael Owen sealed the win for Gerard Houllier's side on the day, but Liverpool have a lot of work to do before even considering a final opponent.

The semi-final ties are to be played on 18 and 19 April. The Premier League trip to Hull City on 18 April would be rearranged for a later date if Liverpool defeat Blackburn early next month in the replay. It's certainly a better draw than Arsenal as Aston Villa are currently hovering one place above the relegation zone with the worst goal difference in the Premier League.

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