Reds have FA chance

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LIVER­POOL — Af­ter seal­ing Liver­pool’s pas­sage into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Cup, at­tack­ing mid­fielder Adam Lal­lana ( pic­tured) ad­mits that Liver­pool have a big op­por­tu­nity to win this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Lal­lana in­sists that his side are not con­cerned about the big names left in the draw ahead of the Mon­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal fix­ture an­nounce­ment.

“Re­gard­less of who is in it, we feel we have got a good chance,” Lal­lana told bein SPORTS.

“We’ll just pre­pare for who­ever is in our way in the next round and go into the game look­ing to get the win.

“We knew we were go­ing to have to be pa­tient. We came here a few months ago and were in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent place to where we are now.

“We were still con­fi­dent at half-time. We cre­ated a lot of chances in the first half, we just weren’t ruth­less enough. Mario came on for an ex­tra pres­ence up front.

“We got two rea­son­ably early goals in the sec­ond half and dug in well at the end. We thor­oughly de­serve our place in the next round. It’s a very dif­fi­cult place, credit to the fans - the ground was bounc­ing be­fore the game and es­pe­cially when they got their goal. We did well to nul­lify them to very few chances. We’re de­lighted we’re in the next round.”

Four days af­ter notch­ing a cru­cial win­ner past Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Mario Balotelli made a game-chang­ing con­tri­bu­tion once more.

“He hits it with a tech­nique which is dif­fi­cult for the ‘keeper to col­lect,” said the goalscorer.

“I gam­bled that he was go­ing to parry it and just put it in. So I was de­lighted.” — Reuters

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