Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he will fulfil a boyhood dream when he leads his side out in Sunday’s Carling Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley (Cardiff 13/2, draw 33/1, Liverpool 4/11).
Gerrard has won almost every medal possible while playing for the Reds, but is yet to represent them in a final in London; something that he says has been a lifelong ambition.
Liverpool won four major domestic trophies in five seasons during the early part of the midfielder’s career but all of them came in Cardiff while Wembley was being reconstructed.
The 31-year-old admits that, although the victories at the Millennium Stadium were special, nothing will beat captaining his side at Wembley.
“Every time I played for Liverpool at Cardiff and led the team, there was a bit of me thinking ‘if only this was Wembley’,” he said.
Kenny Dalglish’s men go into the match looking to end a barren run of almost six seasons without lifting a trophy, having last won silverware in the 2006 FA Cup.
Gerrard understandably believes the wait has been too long for a club of Liverpool’s stature and is certain that a victory on Sunday will spur them on to glory for years to come (Liverpool 5/2 joint favourites FA Cup outright).
“I honestly believe winning this Cup will be the catalyst for a successful period for the club. It will certainly give us the belief and confidence to deliver more.” he added.