Tim Sherwood assesses Aston Villa’s chances of beating Liverpool

Aston Villa and Liverpool will contest the second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says his side are capable of overcoming Liverpool during their FA Cup semi-final encounter at Wembley on Sunday, the Daily Mail report.

The Villans head into the clash having moved clear of the relegation zone thanks to three Premier League victories in eight matches since Sherwood’s arrival.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss took on the tough task of lifting a goal-shy Villa side out of the danger zone with just under half the season remaining.

Despite a few disappointing results along the way, the 1-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane last weekend was a massive morale-booster and further proof that they are moving in the right direction.

This weekend, Sherwood acknowledges that relegation concerns are put to one side and confidently remarks that his side believe they have what it takes to upset the Reds.

“It’s a very exciting game, a great opportunity for this club to get to an FA Cup final,” Sherwood explained.

“We’re going in with a positive state of mind. This club’s relegation is not at stake, it is about us maybe getting some glory for the football club.”

“We have the mindset to win the game, impose ourselves on a very good Liverpool side, that’s what we intend to do.”

“We think we’re capable, we have a good blend of players who can play and maybe go direct at time. We’re prepared to mix it up, we have a plan.”

Can Aston Villa upset the odds and reach the FA Cup final?

While the Villa Park outfit may start the match as clear underdogs, there is enough quality in their ranks to cause the Merseysiders plenty of problems, not least up front.

In Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor, the Midlands side have a deadly combination of pace, power, strength and, most importantly, a genuine goal threat - enough to worry the very best defenders.

Belgium international Benteke heads into the encounter as the league’s best striker under Tim Sherwood, and the former Spurs coach will be looking for his side to get him involved as much as possible.

With Brendan Rodgers’ side still a little shaky at the back, there is no reason why Villa can’t score and if they manage to open the scoring, their solid counter-attacking style could see them through.

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