Liverpool players must put their thoughts of a Wembley final to the back of their minds, and focus on the task at hand which involves taking three points off Stoke City this weekend, reveals Martin Kelly.
The 21-year-old Reds defender was delighted with the team's performance at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, and admits it would be easy to get carried away, but reiterated the importance of keeping their minds on the job.
"It's vital to take each game at a time and concentrate on the next match, which is Stoke," said Kelly. "We'll concentrate on Saturday now and not look elsewhere until the time comes.
"It's an exciting time this month because there are a lot of games crammed in and so there's going to be a lot of chances. There's a big squad, so you've got to be patient for a chance."
The next couple of months will be packed full of exciting, if testing, fixtures for Kenny Dalglish's side, with the prospect of cup glory at the end of it all.
Reflecting on the first leg encounter, Kelly was proud of the resilient display turned in by his teammates, and hopes that will be a sign of things to come for Liverpool in 2012.
"We were delighted with the win but now we're looking forward to the second leg and trying to progress," he added. "We've got the game at Anfield which we know is in our favour if we get the crowd behind us.
"It shows that no matter where we go, we know that we're capable of winning. Whoever we're playing, we are Liverpool football club - it should be them who are scared of us.
"We've got the quality throughout our side to beat anyone and on our day we do that."