Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher believes winning the FA Cup is more important for Liverpool than securing a top four finish .
Speaking on Monday Night Football, the former Liverpool captain says it is vital his old club beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend if manager Brendan Rodgers wants to leave a legacy to remember.
“Brendan Rodgers will have done three years in the job and I don’t think a Liverpool manager has gone three years without winning a trophy," says Carragher.
At the end of your time you won’t be judged on how many times you get in the Champions League - it’s how many trophies you’ve won.
“There’s no doubt after the end of this year he’s done a very good job at Liverpool but he’ll know himself his time at Liverpool will end at some time.
“Who knows? Four, five, six years, whenever that may be. When you finish you will want to look back. When you play for a side like Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal, or as a manager, then you have to win trophies.
“Top four is good for the people above that. For money, more players, but at the end of your time you won’t be judged on how many times you get in the Champions League - it’s how many trophies you’ve won.
“If it’s one or another as a player I’d always pick winning the FA Cup.”
Carragher also praised Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood for getting Christian Benteke back to good form.
The Belgian international had scored just twice in this season's Premier League before Sherwood took charge in February - he now has eight goals in his last six league games.
“He’s been a brilliant player for Villa but they’ve always been fighting relegation when he’s been there and he’s always been the one who’s dragged them out.
“There’s no doubt Tim Sherwood deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done for Benteke.”