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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
FA confirms semi-final dates

The Football Association has confirmed Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against either Everton or Sunderland at Wembley will be played on April 14.

• Dalglish: We won't play on April 15

The announcement means Liverpool will not have to play on the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The tragedy, which occurred at the Sheffield stadium on April 15, 1989, during Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

The second semi-final in the 2012 competition between Tottenham or Bolton and Chelsea will take place on Sunday, April 15.

Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish has called on his players to maintain their recent form to ensure they end the season on a high.

"It always helps when you are consistent - the best teams are always consistent and we want to get there," he said. "It has been a fantastic effort so far and they have a lot to play for between now and the end of the season.

"Everyone has shown they can take pride in their own level of performance and as along as they are playing (in the team) they will work very hard to get a result.

"You could see by the way the boys went about their work during the game that they wanted to win and that is really pleasing and satisfying for everyone. We have got to be applying ourselves properly between now and the end of the season."

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