Rodgers: The occasion got to us in FA Cup defeat to Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his players were overawed by the occasion against Aston Villa, which led to them struggling to perform in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, reports Sky Sports.

The Merseysiders were second-best against Aston Villa, and were fortunate to have taken the lead through Philippe Coutinho. But the Midlands outfit showed their class and dominance in the cup tie, scoring either side of the break to turn the game on its head.

Aston Villa have enjoyed successful results against Liverpool in the past, and they were confident from the outset. New manager Tim Sherwood has enjoyed a fantastic start as boss, and their FA Cup win ends Liverpool’s hopes of winning a trophy, as they mathematically cannot catch Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After the game, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers gave his honest thoughts about the performances of his players, and believes they were caught up in the game and not fully focused on doing their job. The Reds boss feels his side can play much better, and need to start proving their worth.

When asked about his thoughts, Rodgers was quoted as saying: It’s a great occasion for the football club,” Sherwood said. “Obviously nothing is won yet but not a lot of people gave us a chance coming here against Liverpool.

“We believed it and when we stepped on that pitch we realised our fans believed it as well and that means an awful lot to us. They were magnificent, especially when we went behind, they dragged us back into the game. I thought we dominated the football after that and caused Liverpool a lot of problems.”

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