Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also said Steven Gerrard may start the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/EPA

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Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal:  his side face an important home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

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Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in FA Cup final. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Aston Villa fans on the pitch after their side’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Reuters

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