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Christian Benteke says beating Liverpool is bigger than the World Cup

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says a victory in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley would be bigger than the World Cup.

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The 24-year-old striker has the 2009 Belgian title as his biggest career honour, but is hoping to eclipse that this season and earn Villa their first FA Cup since 1957.

Benteke has scored 12 goals for club and country this season and even though he missed the 2014 World Cup through injury, he believes this clash is more important.

Quoted in The Express, he said: “For the moment, yes. It (missing the World Cup) was hard but now it’s in the past, I’m looking forward to playing the semi-final.

“Liverpool are a good team but the thing with the FA Cup is it’s still something special. It’s 50-50 for me but some will say they are favourites.

“Wembley is something good and special because it’s a semi-final, it’s close to the final and we have to do everything to be there again.”

Tim Sherwood’s Villa go into the FA Cup game against Liverpool having ended a three game winless run with victory over the manager’s former side Tottenham at White Hart Lane this weekend. The Reds, their opponents, meanwhile beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday night to record their second win on the bounce and give themselves a hope of securing a top four spot.

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