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Confirmed Liverpool lineup for FA Cup semi final: Gerrard starts, Lucas out

Steven Gerrard starts today’s FA Cup semi final against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium (3pm BST kick off).

SWANSEA, ENGLAND - Monday, March 16, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard after the 1-0 victory over Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool captain returns to the side after three games out following his red card in the defeat to Manchester United.

Martin Skrtel also returns from suspension but there’s a major blow for the Reds with Lucas Leiva ruled out due to a thigh injury suffered in training.

It’s not clear whether Liverpool will line up with a back three or back four. It looks like a return to the back three, with Lazar Markovic on the right.

Daniel Sturridge doesn’t make the squad, Mario Balotelli is among the subs.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling.

Subs: Jones, Johnson, Toure, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Balotelli.

Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Richardson, Westwood, Delph (c), Cleverley, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Benteke.

Subs: Guzan, Okore, Sinclair, Weimann, Cole, Lowton, Gil.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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