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“Liverpool will learn from FA Cup semi-final disappointment” — Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes his players will learn from another chastening big-game defeat after admitting his side were inhibited by their Wembley appearance.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 19, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Aston Villa's manager Tim Sherwood during the FA Cup Semi-Final match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho's third FA Cup goal of the season gave the Reds the lead after half an hour, but Aston Villa fought back to win the last-four encounter 2-1 through Christian Benteke, with his ninth goal in seven games, and Fabian Delph.

It was Liverpool's second semi-final disappointment of the season, having lost out to Chelsea over two legs in the Capital One Cup in January, while there have been a number of other times when the Reds have failed to rise to the occasion.

Needing to win at home to Basle to extend their Champions League campaign beyond the group stage they could only draw, while having got within a victory of the top four they recently lost back-to-back matches against Manchester United and Arsenal to see their hopes of a return to Europe's elite take a nosedive.

Rodgers has a relatively young squad but he has rejected suggestions they struggle to overcome the mental barrier associated with big games and hopes they can take something useful from their defeats.

"We've come close now in two competitions but failed to make the steps," he said.

"We've reached two semi-finals, we need to have the courage now to play better in the big games because we didn't play well enough (against Villa).

"Technically we weren't quite on it. We looked like the occasion got to us a little bit.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 19, 2015: A Liverpool supporter looks dejected during the FA Cup Semi-Final match against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

"Sometimes you can want to win too much. Hopefully in the future we can learn from that.

"We've come up short in a few games, it's something we need to improve.

"All these experiences will make them better. We're a team that's grown and changed quite a bit in the summer and all these experiences will hopefully help in the future."

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