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Brendan Rodgers wants FA Cup triumph as perfect Steven Gerrard send-off

• Liverpool manager: final is on his birthday, so there would be no better way
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Brendan Rodgers has targeted an FA Cup triumph this season to provide the perfect send-off for Steven Gerrard, with the final falling on the Liverpool captain’s 35th birthday and shortly before he departs the club for the US.

Gerrard scored twice in Monday night’s 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the competition, producing a fine display, despite the League Two team causing numerous problems for Liverpool. Adebayo Akinfenwa drew Wimbledon level in the first half but a Gerrard free-kick in the 62nd minute secured the Premier League club’s safe passage into the fourth round, where Bolton Wanderers await.

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