KENNY DALGLISH has urged his players to grasp their opportunity against Everton at Wembley today and keep Liverpool on course for a dream Cup double.
The Reds boss is desperate to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup they won at the national stadium seven weeks ago.
And Dalglish says they need to “stand up and compete” if they are going to emerge triumphant from the mouthwatering semi-final with David Moyes’s men.
“When you get this far, you want to go on and win it,” Dalglish said.
“Winning the trophy is the more important thing and in order to do that we need to win the semi-final.
“As a footballer you always fear losing. You want to win and we’re not any different.
“We respect our opponent but the most important thing is how we prepare ourselves.
“We need to stand up and compete. We know what the rewards are.
“We have to ensure we're ready physically, mentally and tactically.”
Dalglish admits picking a starting XI will be tough following the return to fitness of Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly.
Lucas Leiva is the only outfield player ruled out, while keepers Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni are both suspended.
Agger and Johnson are both expected to start in the capital, with skipper Steven Gerrard and winger Stewart Downing returning after being rested for the midweek trip to Blackburn.
“Glen, Daniel and Martin are all OK,” Dalglish said. “They have done very well to get back to fitness and we are grateful that we've got them all fit.
“We’re fortunate that they’ve come back at the right time for us. The more you have to choose from, the more difficult it is, but it’s a good position to be in.”
Keeper Brad Jones is set to start, with Peter Gulacsi on the bench following his return to the Reds from a loan spell with Hull.
Owners John Henry and Tom Werner will not be at Wembley today, having flown back to America to watch the Boston Red Sox’s first home game of the season.