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Livermore sees FA Cup chance

Jake Livermore believes Hull City can cause an upset in the FA Cup final and make history, but has dismissed suggestions that Arsenal are no longer a major force.

The Gunners have faced criticism at times this season following some heavy defeats against the Premier League's top teams, and are in a fight with Everton to claim fourth place.

They were also taken to penalties by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, but Livermore is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing Hull when they return to Wembley next month.

The Tigers, who also face Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend, beat Sheffield United 5-3 in the last four and Livermore is relishing the chance to try and claim a major trophy.

Livermore, who signed on loan for the season from Tottenham Hotspur, said in the Hull Daily Mail: "Any game against Arsenal, regardless of where you come from and who your parent club is, is going to be massive.

"The main thing is how we approach the game. There's no two ways about it, Arsenal are a very good side.

"You cannot look at how Arsenal are playing at the minute because in the FA Cup anything can happen.

"They've been at the top for a decade now and we can't second guess how they will come out and play.

"You'll get idiots saying they're not a force, I've come across plenty of them in my time and I've only been playing a few years, this is Arsenal we are talking about."

Livermore added: "It is a fantastic opportunity for us to make history and in the FA Cup anything can happen.

"We saw in the first semi-final Wigan didn't make it straightforward and then you look at our game, we were the same.

"Hopefully, we can cause an upset, but we have to play them on Sunday first and that is all we are focused on."

Livermore's future beyond the end of the season is unclear but the midfielder says his loan spell with Hull has been a very positive experience and the FA Cup run has just made it even more special.

"I came to this club to get some games under my belt and this is a massive bonus," he added.

"It never came into my head about being in a final, but after being at the club for a few weeks I knew the club had something and the gaffer had us playing a certain way which could take us forward.

"It is a fresh start for me and it is a breath of fresh air for someone to have a bit of faith in me and to say just go out and play every week.

"It's great for everyone. The fans have been great all season at home and the travelling ones away too. It was fantastic to give them a day (like Sunday) and another in a few weeks' time."