Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers already eyeing Wembley place

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is adamant that his side are desperate to secure a place in this season’s FA Cup final after losing out to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals.

The Northern Irishman is still harbouring hopes that his side can continue their improved form in the second half of the Premier League season and secure a top-four finish – which would again ensure Champions League qualification next term.

However, Rodgers is also keen to bring some silverware to Anfield and he sees the FA Cup as a realistic target in light of big-hitters such as Manchester City and Chelsea already being eliminated.

Liverpool went close to reaching the Capital One Cup final only to lose out 2-1 on aggregate to Chelsea in their semi-final clash last week.

And Rodgers has placed a huge amount of importance on their Europa League campaign and Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Championship side Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

The two sides drew 0-0 at Anfield in the original tie and Rodgers has vowed to send out a strong team to ensure they progress to round five and a tricky trip to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

He said: “There are still good teams in it [the FA Cup]. As I said, it only counts if we get through ourselves.

“So for us it’s looking at the Bolton game and it being a tough game but for sure you get through each game and it optimises your chances of getting through to the final.

“We’re in two competitions now [the FA Cup and the Europa League]. Two cup competitions and we want to go as far as we possibly can in them.

“That will be reflective in our teams and in our drive and desire to get through in the competition.”

Liverpool are 1.53 to win the replay at Bolton, who are 6.05, and the draw after 90 minutes is 3.83.

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