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Hodgson aims to help Torres realise his Wembley dream

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Roy Hodgson is hoping to lead Liverpool out at Wembley in the League Cup final – but they must beat Northampton Town tonight first.

Liverpool have yet to play at the new Wembley since its completion in 2007 and the Anfield faithful will no doubt be keenly anticipating making their first appearance at the redeveloped stadium.

Hodgson has named the League Cup as a competition he would love to win as Liverpool manager and says his side will be doing their utmost to reach the final this season.

“It would be a great honour to lead Liverpool to Wembley, absolutely, and we will be doing our very best to get there this season,” he said.

“There are only two domestic trophies that you can win every season and I would love to win one for Liverpool.

“It’s been brought to my attention that we haven’t played at the new Wembley, so you can guarantee we will take this game seriously – all the players need to take responsibility.

Although he is unlikely to play tonight, Liverpool star Fernando Torres will be hoping the Reds progress as he is desperate to play in his first final for the Anfield club.

The Spaniard knows all about the history of the cup competitions in England – and the FA Cup in particular – and explained last season how he watched Liverpool beat West Ham in the 2006 final in their last domestic triumph.

He said: "I remember watching the 2006 final when Liverpool played West Ham – it was a great match.

“Pepe [Reina], Stevie and Carra [Jamie Carragher] have told me all about it. In this country it is the most important trophy after the title. Winning gives you the chance to get more honours.”

However, Hodgson is not getting too far ahead of himself just yet and knows his side must play well to beat Northampton.

He added: "They'll pressure us, they'll be young and athletic, and our scouts have been quite impressed by what they've seen.

“They'll be a formidable challenge - there's no question about that.”

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