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Aston Villa’s Joe Cole wants to halt old club Liverpool’s FA Cup dream

Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole wants to get one over his old club Liverpool when they meet in the FA Cup semi-finals this season as he dreams of lifting the famous trophy for the fourth time in his career.

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The 33-year-old spent three seasons at Anfield, albeit mainly as a bit-part player, before joining West Ham United and eventually winding up at Villa Park this season.

Cole’s success in the cup came during his time as a Chelsea player, when he lifted the trophy in 2007, 2009 and as part of a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010.

Villa will be major underdogs in this tie after a difficult season fighting against relegation in the Premier League, and Cole admits it would be a huge achievement if his side could somehow go on to win the competition, beating a big name like Liverpool along the way.

Speaking about the prospect of adding another winners’ medal to his collection, the former England international told The Sun: “That would be a dream. After the Champions League it is the biggest cup competition in the world. It has such prestige worldwide.

“It would be a massive achievement and we are just two games away. We still want to secure our league future, but how can you not get excited?”

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