Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes winning the FA Cup would be a great way to reward the club’s supporters.
Sturridge was speaking to BT Sport as part of its coverage of the FA Cup semi-final, with Liverpool taking on Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
“Everyone’s excited, everyone’s looking forward to it,” Sturridge said. “We understand the task we have, we understand what we have to do.
“We’re going into it with a confident mentality, and as long as we do that we’ll be able to get the job done.”
The striker spoke about the euphoria felt when winning a major trophy, saying “it’s a great feeling.
“That’s what’s important, when you play the elation’s always there. When it’s something you love and something you wanted to do since you were a child, to get so close and not to achieve is heart-breaking.
“So when you win it it’s the best feeling.
“Watching games as a kid in my living room in Birmingham, it’s a big occasion for everyone. Going back to seven or eight years old. The Ryan Giggs goal against Arsenal. Michael Owen scoring in the final [versus Arsenal].
“Games like that I always remember.”
The 25-year-old pointed towards the progress Liverpool would make with success in the FA Cup, despite a somewhat muted 2014/15 season.
“We’ve not had a great season but we’re in a position now where we can finish in the top four and win the FA Cup. And if you had asked people at the start of the season if you can guarantee Champions League football and win some silverware they would have probably been happy.
“But at the same time with the season we had last season we came so close to winning the league we set the bar very high and sometimes it’s difficult to keep it replicating that.
“But that’s what we’re working towards, being a team that can challenge every single season for silverware and for the title.”
Most importantly, Sturridge lauded Liverpool’s fans, and their role in the club’s continued success.
“[The city] is intense on football. The fans know their football. And they are great, unbelievable fans. They’re used to seeing great football on the pitch, they’re used to winning trophies.
“We’re still improving and shouldering the responsibilities of playing for Liverpool. I understand it and I understood it when I came to the club.
“Everyone’s learning and as time goes on we’ll hopefully be able to see us winning trophies.”
Watch the FA Cup Semi-Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool exclusively live on BT Sport 1 from 2pm this Sunday.