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Robbie Savage blames three Liverpool players for FA Cup failure

Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Robbie Savage has criticised on BT Sport three Liverpool players for not playing to the best of their abilities against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The former Derby County and Leicester City midfielder was not impressed with the shifts put in by Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in the FA Cup semi-final tie at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool took the lead through Brazil international playmaker Coutinho on the half-hour mark, but the Merseyside outfit conceded twice to lose the encounter 2-1.

Savage was following the match for BT Sport, and he picked three Liverpool players for criticism.

“I don’t think you can make excuses about the number of games they (Liverpool) have played,” the former Wales international told BT Sport.

“I just think: where was Henderson? Big players didn’t turn up. Sterling didn’t turn up. Coutinho scored the goal, but where was he for the rest of the game?”

Jordan Henderson

As Savage claimed, the England international was far from his best agains Villa and failed to impose himself on the game like he often does.

The midfielder had one shot and a pass accuracy of 75%, created one chance, and took 64 touches over the course of the 90 minutes.

Philippe Coutinho

The former Inter Milan youngster scored the opening goal of the encounter, and his overall performance was not that bad.

Coutinho had two shots and a pass accuracy of 81%, created three chances, won two headers, and took 54 touches.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling was expected to step up when Liverpool went 2-1 down, but the Liverpool youngster failed to do so - although his match stats are quite good.

The England international had two shots and a pass accuracy of 88.9%, created three chances, and took 34 touches.

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