FRESH LEGS SWEET FOR TOF­FEES

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SEAN RAFTER

GLEN JOHN­SON has vowed Liver­pool will fol­low up their Car­ling Cup vic­tory by adding an FA Cup to the An­field tro­phy cab­i­net.

The Reds limped through to a penalty shootout vic­tory against Cham­pi­onship out­fit Cardiff on Sun­day to pick up their first piece of sil­ver­ware since 2006.

They are also through to the last eight of the FA Cup, where they face a home test against spikey Stoke.

But even though they look to be strug­gling to make it into next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League, John­son feels cup suc­cess will soon trans­late.

Medals

And he has told Reds fans to pre­pare for an­other cou­ple of trips to Wem­b­ley.

“This is what you join Liver­pool for,” the full-back said.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic club, we’ve got some great play­ers and ob­vi­ously when it comes to medals, the more the mer­rier!

“Words can’t de­scribe it. It’s fan­tas­tic – it’s what the lads have worked so hard MAROUANE FEL­LAINI (left) says Ever­ton’s tra­di­tional surge will get an­other shot in the arm from three re­turn­ing stars.

Jack Rod­well, Phil Jagielka and Leon Os­man are all on the verge of re­turn­ing to fight for their places in David Moyes’ side.

Mid­fielder Rod­well’s sea­son has been wrecked by a bad ham­string prob­lem he picked up while on Eng­land duty in Novem­ber.

And Jagielka and Os­man have been miss­ing since the 2-1 de­feat to Bolton at the start of the year.

With the Blues muscling their way into the top half of the ta­ble, and hav­ing an FA Cup quar­ter-final against Sun­der­land to look for­ward to, Beli­gan star Fel­laini, 24, be­lieves their re­turns could be cru­cial.

He said: “You also know they’re go­ing to give 100 per cent be­cause it’s a long time since they’ve played and they will want to play again.

“They’re so im­por­tant and when they come in they only help the team.

“Be­tween them, they have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. They are in­ter­na­tional qual­ity play­ers and they’ll be feel­ing fresh too be­cause they’ve had a good long rest.

“It’s a great time to be get­ting play­ers back and they are im­por­tant play­ers too – Jagielka, Ossie, Jack Rod­well – and Sea­mus Cole­man was back last week.

“It’s vi­tal the team has a lot of play­ers avail­able for the cup and the league.”

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