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Ex-Liverpool defender Babb fears for Gerrard’s dream Wembley sendoff

Reds skipper Gerrard will be determined to help his side to get to a final Wembley final, in what could be a high-profile birthday sendoff.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Babb, an old teammate of Steven Gerrard during the midfielder's early Anfield years, has told Sky Sports that he doubts whether the Reds skipper would make Brendan Rodgers' starting lineup if the Anfield side make the FA Cup final.

The final falls on Gerrard's birthday, May 30, and could end up being the last game the Liverpool legend icon ever plays for his hometown club, with a move to LA Galaxy set up for the summer.

But despite it sounding like a fairytale way to bring the curtain down on Gerrard's Reds career, ex Republic of Ireland international Babb isn't sure what kind of role his former teammate will have should the Reds get past Aston Villa in the semi-final later this month.

"It's a strange one," Babb said. "You'd have thought he'd have started against Manchester United (last month), and even last year against Real Madrid. In key games Brendan Rodgers hasn't played him.

"If they get to final it's all teed up - will Brendan build for the future or he will he go with the emotion of the day and play Steven Gerrard?"

Few would begrudge Gerrard a farewell Wembley appearance for the club he has served so admirably for the last seventeen years, but Babb's point is a relevant one, with Brendan Rodgers not selecting the Reds skipper from the start since the 3-2 win over Spurs over two months ago.

Gerrard has missed much of the time since because of a hamstring injury, but with the Liverpool legend letting his side down with a red card, and subsequent three-match ban, in the loss to Manchester United, he will have few opportunities to prove to the Northern Irishman that he deserves to start were the Reds to make it to the Wembley final in May.

The 34-year-old played every minute of the first twelve league games this season, but with Liverpool losing half of those matches, Rodgers took the brave decision to pick and choose when Gerrard would start in the games since, something that saw an upturn in form.

However, having lifted the FA Cup in 2001 and 2006, Gerrard will surely be dreaming of lifting it one last time, on his 35th birthday no less.

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