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

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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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