Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard is 'ready' ahead of semi-final clash

Steven Gerrard In 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has addressed the media ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has again reiterated his desire to win a first trophy during his time at the club ahead of this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

Rodgers is in his third season at Anfield and believes that his side have taken positive steps ever since his arrival in the summer of 2012.

He told reporters at a press conference covered by the Liverpool Echo: "There's a long list of managers here that have been very successful. Hopefully I'll be judged well on my time here, and obviously trophies help.

"But we have a difficult game against Aston Villa to think about first."

One of the key talking points ahead of this weekend's game is whether Steven Gerrard will return to the starting line-up after completing a three-match ban for his sending off against Manchester United last month.

Rodgers confirmed that the Reds skipper played in a game behind closed doors earlier on in the week, but offered no assurances that Gerrard will be in the starting XI. The Liverpool boss had this to say: "He's definitely ready. He's a special footballer, Wembley is somewhere he knows very well.

"He's a special player, he still is. He's been in his time a big player who scores big goals in big moments. He knows Wembley very well, and he's someone who has got a special quality."

One major injury headache for Liverpool is the fitness of Daniel Sturridge, who missed Monday night's win over Newcastle United with a hip complaint.

If Sturridge isn't available, the Reds could play with a 'false nine' again, with either Raheem Sterling or Philippe Coutinho occupying the central role. Rodgers did say, however, that he will give Sturridge every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the game.

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