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GUARDIAN – Tim Sherwood feels no pressure to give Aston Villa FA Cup edge over Liverpool

• Manager sees chance of FA Cup silverware as unexpected bonus• Sherwood: ‘I think the pressure is on Liverpool a lot more’• Rodgers: Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe will learn from mistakesTim Sherwood believes that all the pressure will be on Liverpool in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and hopes his resurgent Aston Villa side can capitalise on the weight of expectation on Brendan Rodgers and his players. The Villa manager said that, whereas winning the Cup would be regarded as a “priority” for Liverpool, his players viewed the prospect of silverware as an unexpected bonus.Looking as relaxed as he hopes his players will be come kick-off at Wembley, Sherwood was on good form as he talked about the letter he wrote back to the six-year-old Villa supporter who applied for the manager’s job when Paul Lambert was sacked – “I said to him: ‘No hard feelings, good luck next time’” – and offered a fresh, tongue-in-cheek, take on that footage of Raheem Sterling inhaling nitrous oxide. “Let’s hope he’s not laughing after Sunday,” Sherwood said. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe will learn from mistakes

• Liverpool manager defends players after use of shisha pipe and laughing gas• Rodgers: ‘If you look at Raheem, he didn’t do anything illegal’• ‘He will look back and think it wasn’t the wisest thing to do’• Sterling and Ibe warned over future conduct by managerLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities.Pictures, dating back some months, emerged of the pair smoking a shisha pipe and came on the back of a video apparently showing Sterling inhaling laughing gas and seemingly passing out. Continue reading…

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