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We didn’t deal with the occasion – Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that his side failed to deal with the occasion after loosing their English FA Cup semi-final tie to Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds the lead after 30 minutes, but goals from Christian Benteke six minutes later and a 54th minute strike from Fabian Delph caused Rodgers’ men to slip to a defeat.

And the Anfield side’s boss could have no complaints, feeling his side did not deal with the occasion.

“Dealing with the occasion is something we need to improve at,” he told BT Sport.

“There have been other big games where we have dealt with that very well, but there are others where we haven’t.

“We need to focus on the performances and if we do that then normally get the victories. But today it wasn’t at the right level.”

He also admitted that Tim Sherwood’s Villa were the better team on the day and deserved their spot in the competition’s final, in where they face Arsenal.

He said: “We were very disappointing – Villa were much better than us. We were nervous for some reason, maybe when you want to win something so much perhaps it plays on your mind.

“For a team with a lot of energy we has no energy today. It is disappointing that in another big game we didn’t show that courage. Villa did, they had good energy and are playing with a bit more freedom.”

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