Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has explained to the club’s website how he feels the side should approach this week in the build up to the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.
Brendan Rodgers’ side battled for an important 2-0 win against Newcastle United last night, which the defender feels has given the side their confidence back ahead of the trip to Wembley.
“The confidence is back. That is the most important thing. We just need to continue to be calm and do our job,” said Lovren.
“We need to be calm this week, to prepare ourselves, because we know it will be a tough game against Aston Villa and we want to go to the final.”
The Reds will be the favourites heading into the game and they need to be relatively relaxed, but not complacent ahead of the game.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will have his side fired up and ready to make the most of the occasion, with the chance to temporarily forget about the pressure of trying to stay in the Premier League.
Rodgers will know that if he can keep the side focused and can keep every player zoned in on their jobs, Liverpool should have enough quality to win the key individual battles all over the pitch.
Training needs to be intense but Liverpool can’t overanalyse the way Villa have been playing because cup games are a different animal to the league.
It’s a one-off match over 90 minutes and Liverpool should be confident of a win and a relaxed approach this week should help ease the nerves and remove any chance of the side starting the match this weekend on the back foot.