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Saturday 16 December 2017

Steven Gerrard starts for Liverpool while Shay Given and Jack Grealish get nod for Villa

Gerrard starts for Liverpool todlay
Gerrard starts for Liverpool todlay

Carl Markham

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard returned to the starting line-up to lead his side out at Wembley in their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa after midfielder Lucas Leiva was ruled out through injury.

The Reds captain, with just 27 minutes of football behind him since mid-February because of injury and suspension, was one of three changes with Martin Skrtel also back from a ban and Lazar Markovic recalled but striker Daniel Sturridge had not recovered from a hip problem.

Villa made four changes with goalkeeper Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Ashley Westwood and Charles N'Zogbia all coming in from last weekend's win over Tottenham with the key absentee being Gabriel Agbonlahor, out with a hamstring strain.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling

Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Richardson, Westwood, Delph (c), Cleverley, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Benteke

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