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Mar 19, 2012

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Kenny Dalglish has made it clear Liverpool expect to play their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday April 14 in order to avoid the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

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Following their 2-1 victory over Stoke on Sunday, Liverpool were handed a potential last-four clash against local rivals Everton, who were held by Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Liverpool have never played on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, April 15, and Dalglish expects this year to be no different.

"We won't play on the 15th," Dalglish said. "The FA and UEFA have always been exemplary and very supportive, and that's great credit to them, so I don't think it's even suggesting that we might play on the 15th because we won't.

"We've never played on the 15th before, have we? So there you are - why would they change now?"

Dalglish welcomed the prospect of a first Wembley meeting between the Merseyside rivals first time since 1989 - the year of the Hillsborough tragedy.

"Merseyside will be hoping Everton get through and everyone can have a day out again, but Sunderland is a really difficult place to go and get a result," Dalglish said.

Chelsea booked their place in the last four with a 5-2 victory over Leicester City. They await the winners of the rearranged clash between Tottenham and Bolton after the match was abandoned on Saturday following the collapse of Fabrice Muamba.

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