Lucas Leiva looking forward to belated Wembley appearance

Lucas Leiva

The Liverpool anchorman has missed three Wembley dates in his Anfield career.

Lucas Leiva could be set to make a long overdue appearance at the home of English football when Liverpool meet Aston Villa on April 19.

The Brazilian missed a trio of Wembley trips in 2012 when they won the League Cup and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea, and it is something the 28-year-old has told the official Liverpool website he is eager to put right before the end of the season.

"Unfortunately I got an injury before we got to Wembley so I missed the chance to play there," Lucas said.

"Hopefully I'll be fit and be able to play at Wembley. I've never played there, so it will be a very good experience and after many years here, to have that chance is amazing."

Liverpool have already booked one Wembley appearances with a semi-final date against Aston Villa looming later this month, while they have a chance of a second game at the famous stadium against Arsenal or Reading if they successfully negotiate that tie.

The Reds had to grind out a narrow win over Championship side Blackburn this week to get through to the semis, but the former Gremio midfielder thought his side were good value for the eventual 1-0 victory, which came courtesy of a Philipple Coutinho strike.

"I think everyone could see how hard we worked. We knew it was going to be a very hard game in difficult conditions, but I think we did well and we are so happy to get to Wembley and hopefully get to the final."

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