Suspended duo to miss final

Liverpool will miss Luis Garcia in the FA Cup final against West Ham - who will be without Hayden Mullins - but his suspension should be a lesson to other players, manager Rafael Benitez said.

Liverpool will miss Luis Garcia in the FA Cup final against West Ham but his suspension should be a lesson to other players, manager Rafael Benitez said.

The Spanish international cannot play in the May 13 match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff after losing an appeal against his sending off in Wednesday's Premier League clash with their FA Cup opponents.

"For us, it's a big loss for the final," Benitez told reporters. "He is a player that can score goals in the big occasion."

"He also has a quality not a lot of players have. He will try and do things, and when they do not come off or he makes a mistake it does not matter."

"Other players would stop trying, but Luis has the confidence to keep on trying something different."

Garcia and West Ham's Hayden Mullins were shown red cards eight minutes from the end of the mid-week game following a scuffle between the two midfielders.

The pair will serve three-match suspensions with immediate effect, meaning both will be watching the FA Cup final from the sidelines.

"Maybe in the future this will be a positive thing," Benitez said of Garcia's plight. "Now Luis and the players know you can't lose your control before important matches."

"I am disappointed for Luis, but for him it's a good lesson for the future."
Source Reuters