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Monday 11 December 2017

Gerrard: We must build on victory

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists winning the Carling Cup is not the height of the club's ambition and the players are desperate for more success.

The penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff at Wembley yesterday was a record eighth League Cup triumph but, more importantly, earned the Reds their first trophy since 2006.

After being in the doldrums the last couple of seasons, Gerrard hopes winning silverware will signal the dawn of a new era at Anfield.

"The important thing now is to enjoy this cup final and then we need to build on it," he said.

"It would be stupid if we accept just this. We need more, we want more."

It was anything but straightforward for the Merseysiders, who had been expected to sweep aside their Championship opponents, but it all came down to a dramatic penalty shoot-out with Liverpool managing to hold their nerve.

The younger cousin of the Liverpool captain, Anthony, missed Cardiff's decisive spot-kick to send the cup back to Merseyside.

"We always do it the hard way, but it doesn't matter how you do it as long as you get there in the end," added Gerrard, who went straight to his cousin to console him at the end.

"I've got mixed emotions. Obviously I'm delighted to win the cup for our supporters, but I feel for Anthony and Cardiff."

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