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Liverpool latest: FA Cup woe but fellow manager wants Reds to win the title

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

Liverpool lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the fifth-round of the FA Cup earlier today.

The Gunners took the lead through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and saw that advantage double when Lukas Podolski scored two minutes after the interval.

Steven Gerrard did halve the deficit from the penalty spot just before the hour mark, but Brendan Rodgers’ side could not get the second.

The result means there will not be another Merseyside derby this season, with the Gunners now facing Everton in the quarter-final.

In other news, the Reds have been linked with a summer swoop for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

The England international was tipped for a loan move to Anfield back in January, but the Sun on Sunday now claims the player would be allowed to leave the Etihad for £8million, and that Galatasaray are also interested.

Writing in his column in the Mirror, Millwall manager Ian Holloway had praised the work Rodgers has done bringing young players through at Liverpool.

As a result, Holloway said he would love to see the Reds crowned champions.

Brendan Rodgers is proving at Anfield that we can produce top footballers in this country,” he wrote.

And he is also showing that the standard of British coaching isn’t too shabby either.

And the thing that has thrilled me most about Liverpool’s unexpected emergence into the title mixz is the English influence that Rodgers has strived to retain.”

While the Liverpool boss may have moved to calm any excitement about a potential title win, the simple fact is that in their current form, and with the players available to him, they are very much in the frame to be crowned the best in England once more.

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