Jamie Carragher: Why Liverpool would take FA Cup over top four

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher explains why Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to win a trophy

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would prefer to win the FA Cup rather than finish in the Premier League top four this season.

The seven-time winners face Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa side in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after Arsenal take on Reading in the first last-four encounter this afternoon.

Liverpool are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers is yet to win a trophy since his appointment as Liverpool manager in May 2012, and Carragher reckons the Northern Irishman would happily finish the season with some silverware.

“Brendan Rodgers will have done three years in the job and I don’t think a Liverpool manager has gone three years without winning a trophy,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“There’s no doubt after the end of this year he’s done a very good job at Liverpool but he’ll know himself his time at Liverpool will end at some time.

“Who knows? Four, five, six years, whenever that may be. When you finish you will want to look back. When you play for a side like Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal, or as a manager, then you have to win trophies.

“Top four is good for the people above that. For money, more players, but at the end of your time you won’t be judged on how many times you get in the Champions League – it’s how many trophies you’ve won.

“If it’s one or another as a player I’d always pick winning the FA Cup.”

Liverpool ended a two-game losing run following defeats by top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United thanks to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Monday night.

The Reds qualified for the Champions League for the first time in four years last season thanks to their second-place finish behind eventual champions Manchester City.

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