Liverpool media round-up: Gary Neville on effect FA Cup win could have on Reds, James on Mignolet

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

If Liverpool win the FA Cup this season then it could be the first of many trophies for this current squad, according to former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.

The Reds will continue their pursuit of their first silverware under Brendan Rodgers when they face Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.

Rodgers is currently in his third season in charge at the club, but Neville is quoted in the Mirror talking about the potential effect winning the FA Cup this season could have on Liverpool.

He said: “Trophies bring huge confidence, especially for young players who have never won anything before. Some Liverpool players who stand up on that podium and lift that trophy will feel enormously confident.

“I remember the impact of the 2006 League Cup win [at Manchester United], against Wigan. It was the first trophy at United for Ronaldo and for Rooney - our first trophy for three years. It made us believe.

“That’s what it can do for Liverpool. It can give people huge belief.”

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has been full of praise for Simon Mignolet for turning his career around at the club, especially this season.

Mignolet had a poor start to the campaign which saw him dropped from the side midway through the season, but ever since his return to the starting 11 he has looked more befitting of the role as the club's number one goalkeeper.

James is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “He seems to be playing with a little less pressure than he was earlier in the season.

“There was a time when he looked strained about where he was playing balls out to. Since he’s been back in, he’s not been so worried about that. He’s not trying to land it on a sixpence every time, he’s just getting it away."

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