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Jan Molby expresses concerns ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa

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Jan Molby believes Steven Gerrard needs to start the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

Liverpool legend Jan Molby has expressed some concerns ahead of the Reds' FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday, when it comes both to team selection and what it would take for his old club to reach the final.

Molby has said that the side needs help from the experienced players who are available again after suspension - with both Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel completing their respective three-match bans.

The Dane has also said that Liverpool may have to score more than they have become accustomed to in recent weeks.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Six weeks ago you wouldn't have been overly concerned about a semi-final against Villa but now I think it will be extremely tight. The pressure is on Liverpool and I think we'll need to score two or three to get through."

There has been some debate as to whether captain Gerrard should walk back into the side after serving his ban, but Molby is of the opinion that more experience in the side for this kind of fixture is better, while it looks almost certain that Skrtel will take his place in the starting line-up at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

The question for Gerrard would be, who does he replace? Would the system change to accommodate him?

Molby said: "I look at the team now and think they need some help. We need the experience and the influence of both Gerrard and Martin Skrtel out there.

"In terms of Gerrard's lack of action, I don't see that as a big issue. He won't be asked to do what he was doing 10 years ago.

"I'd like to see Liverpool go back to a 3-4-2-1 formation against Villa with Skrtel alongside Emre Can and Dejan Lovren. I'd then have Glen Johnson and Alberto Moreno as wing-backs.

"I'd have Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson offering protection in front of the defence and they have to be aware of Fabian Delph breaking from midfield.

"There's a question mark over Daniel Sturridge's fitness and his form hasn't been that great anyway so I'd go with Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho behind Raheem Sterling."

Joe Allen seems to be the man who would drop out, despite a rare goalscoring display from the Welshman against Newcastle United.

It is likely to be a tight encounter against Villa, meaning the Reds are going to have to be strong at the back - especially given that they have been unable to kill teams off effectively when they have had the upper-hand in some games, making life a little more uncomfortable than it needs to be.

Tim Sherwood has managed to get the Villans scoring again, after inheriting a side that had the lowest goal tally in the Premier League prior to his arrival. Molby seems to be of the opinion that the more experience on the field on Sunday, the better chance Liverpool have of containing Villa and winning the game.

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