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TAO – Rodgers targets FA Cup Final for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool have a great chance of making it to the FA Cup Final, starting with a victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.Liverpool face the Gunners on the back of a close-cut victory over Fulham, in which Steven Gerrard scored a last minute penalty to give the visitors the victory at Craven Cottage.Speaking after the game, Rodgers stated his belief that Liverpool can progress in the competition, despite the game with Arsenal undoubtedly being a tough fixture.”It’s a difficult game but we want to get to The Final, that’s the key thing,” Rodgers stated in his post-match press conference.”It’s an important game for us and we had an outstanding performance against them [on Saturday]. They’ve obviously drawn tonight and like us will want to get into the next round.”For us, though, our confidence level is very high and the belief in what we are doing is at a really good level, we’ll just have to continue with that.”Arsenal took action following their 5-1 drubbing by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, putting in a much more assured defensive display in their goalless draw with Manchester United on Wednesday night.And with the fixture set to take place at the Emirates, rather than Anfield, it’s likely the Gunners will put up a much strong fight than they did in Merseyside on Saturday.For more from The Anfield Opinion follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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TTT: Premier League Preview: 2013/14: Fulham (A)

By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes, Krishen Bhautoo and Mihail Vladimirov. By Gary Fulcher: The Reds continued their unbeaten record in 2014 in emphatic fashion, smashing five past Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday lunch time. That 5-1 victory against the then league leaders was our fourth in six league games – six from eight including the FA Cup – since the turn of the year. Since (and including) the 1990/91 season, this is only the third campaign we’ve amassed 50 points or more after 25 games and our tally of 63 goals scored is seven less than our season end total of 71 from 2012/13 with 13 games still to play. Next up for Brendan Rodgers’ side is a trip to southwest London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening, with an 8pm kick off UK time. A team we’ve scored 11 goals against in our last three meetings with just the one conceded. It’s the second highest scorers in the league against the team with the worst defensive record. So 0-0 then? Liverpool secured a 4-0 victory at Anfield back in November courtesy of goals from Amorebieta (og), Martin Skrtel and a Luis Suarez brace. We won the corresponding fixture last season 3-1 with a Daniel Sturridge hat-trick securing the three points despite Dimitar Berbatov giving Fulham the lead. Fulham head into this fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Darren Bent scoring an injury time equaliser for René Meulensteen’s side. That draw with Man Utd ended a sequence of four consecutive defeats for Fulham in the Premier League, indeed they’ve won only three of their last 17 league games (13 defeats, one draw, three wins) and have kept just three clean sheets all season. With a record like that, it’s hardly surprising the Cottagers sit rooted to the bottom of the table with 20 points from 25 games. They’ve lost the most games (17), with eight defeats at Craven Cottage (the joint highest number of home defeats in the division) and nine away from home. Their total of 55 goals conceded is the highest in the league as is the number of goals they’ve conceded at home (25). Our biggest league victory against the Cottagers at Anfield is 5-2 from May 2011, while our heaviest defeat is 0-3 from February 1912. The rest of this article is for subscribers only.  Member-only content – you need to subscribe to read it ! A subscription costs only £3.50 per month. Find out what you get with your subscription, or Subscribe now.

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