Amid all of the negativity and furore surrounding Liverpool and Luis Suarez in recent times this week is a huge one for the club. Without a Wembley appearance in 16 years since their FA Cup final defeat to United and the legendary cream suits. The Carling Cup final against Championship side Cardiff (say that three times fast!) presents the Reds with an opportunity to end their six-year trophy drought. Kenny Dalglish could also lift his first piece of silverware as Anfield chief since guiding the Merseysiders to the 1989/90 Old Division One title.
League championships have eluded Liverpool since then but all the focus will be on beating the Welshman to secure their first League Cup triumph in nine years. Captain Steven Gerrard scored in that 2-0 win against Manchester United in 2003 and will be keen to repeat the feat and lead his side to glory.
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“It’s been so long since 2006, too long for a club this size, so it would be really big. The important thing if we do win is not to rest on it, but to get back to winning ways in the league and try to deliver another Wembley visit in the FA Cup.” Steven Gerrard on Liverpool’s six-year wait for a trophy (Telegraph Sport).