Steven Gerrard is determined to fulfil his dream of leading Liverpool out at Wembley as he strives to end their long wait for silverware.

The Reds captain marked his return from injury with a cameo appearance from the substitutes bench in Wednesday's Carling Cup victory over Brighton, and wasted no time in revealing his aspirations for the season as he sets his sights on lifting a trophy.

Gerrard has turned out at Wembley many times for England, but never for his club, with his two FA Cup and League Cup triumphs coming at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and explained there is nothing that would please him greater than achieving that goal with Liverpool this season.

"Being captain as well, I want nothing more than to go to Wembley with the rest of the lads and lift a cup," said Gerrard. "We haven't been to a major cup final for a long time so we've got to take every cup seriously - especially when there's no Europe. That makes it a bit easier for us to put stronger sides out.

"Kenny Dalglish has assembled a fantastic squad and we've got a couple of good players for each position. So even when he mixes it up or rests people, we've still got a strong side.


 

"When you play for Liverpool it's all about winning trophies. We've got to take every cup competition seriously. That was the message from the manager before we went out at Brighton. He said we want to be one step closer to a major cup final."

Gerrard's prolonged spell on the sidelines has meant that he has rarely featured since the return of Dalglish, but he is already well aware of the positive influence the manager has had on the mood around the Anfield camp.

"I've been really happy with what I've seen," he continued. "Since Kenny's come in, there has been a lot of happy faces around the training ground. The supporters are happy and I think 90 per cent of the football has been fantastic as well.

"Take away Tottenham and it's been exactly what I've been hoping for. That has made me even more desperate and hungry to get back among the lads.

"Yes, it's been frustrating, but it's also been nice to see lads progressing well. The signings made have been good and from top to bottom everybody at the club is smiling."

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