Rodgers targets Wembley glory and gives his thoughts on mind games

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed any notion that he will rest players ahead of his side’s FA Cup fifth round clash against Arsenal this weekend.

Rodgers has said it is a competition they want to win, and with no midweek game to follow unlike their opponents, they can afford to put the strongest side available to them out.

The Liverpool manager said: ‘It’s one where we want to do it for the club. I think since I’ve been here we have changed the squad around in order to try and help us in the league. I think we clearly showed that when I made too many changes we weren’t good enough and the team has gone out of tournaments earlier than I’d want. This year we want to do well in the cup competitions.

‘We want to get to Wembley. We want to get to Wembley not for the semi-final, we want to get there for the final because if we’re there for the final it gives us the chance to win it.’

Liverpool are looking to continue their good run which saw them beat this weekend's opponents 5-1 at Anfield in the league, which was followed by an injury time win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Glen Johnson is still doubtful for the trip to the Emirates Stadium as he recovers from injury but Rodgers said he could return for the Premier League visit of Swansea City the following weekend if he has a good week next week. Daniel Agger came on as a late substitute in the 3-2 win over Fulham in midweek and could start this Sunday.

The Liverpool boss seemed unaffected by the mind games surrounding the top teams in the Premier League at the moment, including several animal comparisons to try and describe who is favourite to be crowned Champions in May.

Rodgers summed up the whole series of mind games by saying: ‘It’s getting stupid now isn’t it?’

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