Steven Gerrard was denied the perfect birthday present of playing in an FA Cup final, after Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the semi-final.
Liverpool Goals and Highlights
(Video) Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa: Coutinho solo strike breaks the deadlock at Wembley
(Video) Goal: Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool – Christian Benteke continues hot streak as Villans refuse to give up in FA Cup semi-final clash
Philippe Coutinho had given Brendan Rodgers’s men the perfect start at Wembley, when he opened the scoring after half an hour. But goals from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph meant that it would Tim Sherwood’s side that would face Arsenal at the end of May.
Simon Mignolet 6
Made a decent save early on, but could have perhaps done better with the two goals he conceded. However, the defeat was certainly not his fault.
Emre Can 5
Not his best game for the club by any means. He looked tired early on, and never really recovered.
Martin Skrtel 5
The centre-back’s three game absence was highlighted by his rustiness today. Failed to lead the back line.
Dejan Lovren 3
It’s difficult to see him having a future at the club with his form continuing to be a worry. Should have definitely done better with the second goal, but let Delph turn him all too easily.