Reds boss targets Cup success

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is plotting the club's route into the quarter-final of the Carling Cup ahead of tonight's clash against Stoke City.

The Scot has made a handful of changes to his side during the earlier rounds of the competition, but were too strong for both Exeter City and Brighton & Hove Albion on trips to St. James' Park and the Amex Stadium respectively.

Whilst Dalglish knows that the trip to the Britannia Stadium may hold a tougher test than against the two Football League sides, he still aims to make changes and is targeting a long-run in the competition.

"I think we've said after both games about the players' attitude and commitment. We've made several changes for both games - and the way they went about their work was a great reflection on the pride they have in themselves and also the football club," he told the official Liverpool website.

"It will be the same for us at Stoke. They are a Premier League club and we'll put a very strong team out again - and we expect the same level of commitment and effort from the players.

"We cannot guarantee anything other than we're going to work hard to try and get a result - and we don't try and kid anybody that we're trying to underestimate the tournament. We take it seriously and we'll be going to try and get a result. It's a trophy - and we'd love to win a trophy at some stage."

It's the second time Liverpool have travelled to the Potteries this season, with Dalglish's side losing 1-0 to Tony Pulis's men in a game the Merseysiders dominated for large periods.

And 'King Kenny' believes that should his side produce a repeat performance of their league encounter, the scoreline might be different this time around.

"We don't want to get into the habit of saying we played really well and got nothing," he continued.

"We've got to make our good play count. Obviously you need a little bit of luck every now and then, but I think there's no doubting the ability of the players or level of performance they put on last time at Stoke.

"If they play as well as that this time, then I'm sure the luck will come their way."

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