Liverpool 'have real opportunity to win FA Cup'

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson feels that his old team have a "real opportunity" to lift the FA Cup this season.

Liverpool's strong team selection against Bournemouth in the FA Cup was correct and the club now have a "real opportunity" of lifting silverware at Wembley, according to a former Anfield stalwart.

Brendan Rodgers opted to start with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in his side 2-0 win at Dean Court on Saturday, but ex-Reds defender Mark Lawrenson believes that the manager of the Anfield outfit made the right decisions.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I was a bit surprised when I saw how strong Liverpool's team was. But Arsenal did the same the night before in beating Coventry.

"Teams are taking the FA Cup a bit more seriously now. And it now represents a real opportunity for the Reds."

Liverpool face Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.

Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban vies with Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Dean Court in Bournemouth on January 25, 2014
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