Choosing between cup glory and top four spot like having to make preference over parents, says Liverpool keeper

first_img1 Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Migonlet has suggested being forced to make a choice between FA Cup glory and finishing in the top four is like having to make a preference over one of his parents.The Reds take on Aston Villa in the semi-final of England’s most prestigious domestic cup competition on Sunday, while they have not given up on usurping Manchester City in the Premier League for the final Champions League place.Reds’ playmaker Philippe Coutinho has implied that cup success could save their season, but Mignolet insists the club have no plans to prioritise one competition over the other.“The next game is the FA Cup semi-final so the focus is on that but you don’t really choose between your mum and dad so we still have two things to play for and we will try to do that from now until the end of the season,” said the Belgium international.“We want to do both – let’s hope we can do both. We have the FA Cup and league still to play for and we want to do well in every single game.”Mignolet regards his temporary exclusion from the first-team in December as pivotal in both his and the Reds’ upturn in fortunes, after he suffered a distinctly indifferent start to the season.The area of his game under the most intense scrutiny was his confidence and dominance in the penalty area, and Mignolet believes it is an aspect that has been recognised and appropriately addressed.“It is something we spoke about when I was out the team: to be more aggressive and be more dominant with defenders and be more commanding and demanding,” he said.“I have always been one who tries to give information to the defenders and for me to organise at set-pieces but it is maybe more the body language and the commanding voice to get the message over to the players which has changed a bit.”talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of Aston Villa against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday from 3pm. Simon Mignolet last_img

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