The Reds boast a wonderful FA Cup head-to-head record over their opponents, winning the previous six encounters without conceding a goal.
Moreover, the most recent meeting between the two sides finished in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Brendan Rodgers’ men at Villa Park – results which further sway the possible outcome in the Reds’ favour.
However, Villa under Tim Sherwood have been a different proposition of late, and their current run of four wins in their last seven games in all competitions isn’t to be overlooked.
Aside from their results, there appears to be swagger at Villa which hasn’t been seen for a very long time, and Dalglish is in no doubt as to who is behind their recent resurgence.
“It would be fantastic for Villa if they got to the final because it would give them a bit of encouragement about what may lie ahead under new manager Tim Sherwood,” Dalglish explained.
“On Sunday, the expectation may be that Liverpool will beat them. But it’s not going to be a foregone conclusion because Sherwood has got them up and in people’s faces and competing really well.”
The Tim Sherwood effect:
Aside from the obvious improvements in results, Villa head into their FA Cup semi-final clash having played well of late and posed a genuine threat up front.
Belgium international striker Christian Benteke has netted eight goals in his last six matches, more than any other striker in England since Sherwood’s arrival.
Confidence has been brought back, and there is a real belief that the Villans can cause the Reds all sorts of problems on Sunday – and confidence is a dangerous tool.
Brendan Rodgers’ men head into the tie as favourites, owing to their status and league positioning they deserve that title. However, football is a funny game and shocks do happen.