Andy Carroll is hoping his sixth strike of the season in Sunday's 6-1 demolition of Brighton will be enough to earn him a first ever cup final appearance when Liverpool travel to Wembley for this weekend's Carling Cup final against Cardiff.

The 23-year-old striker believes he is starting to show his best form in a Reds shirt after claiming a goal and an assist in the fifth round thrashing at Anfield, helping Kenny Dalglish's side into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"I feel like I am doing well and have just started to get going," Carroll told Liverpool's official club website. "I am scoring goals and I feel like I am doing well in games now.

"It's all starting to come together for me. This is the best I've felt since I have been here, without a doubt. I feel fit and confident and I think it is showing in my performances.

"I'm getting around the pitch more and getting involved. I think it shows that I am happier and more confident.

"It's a massive game on Sunday and all the lads are looking forward to it. We have got such a good squad, anyone could come in and play. You have just got to work hard in training and the manager will pick the team.

"I've never been to a cup final before so it's a great feeling to get there and I'm just hoping we can win it now. We have been playing well the last couple of weeks and starting to put the performances in."

Carroll played a part in Liverpool's opener, causing havoc in the Seagulls' six-yard box to allow Martin Skrtel the space to glance home a well-executed header at the near post to break the deadlock.

The club record signing then added a superb finish to a Stewart Downing cross to make the game 3-1 before turning provider with an unselfish header to strike-partner Luis Suarez in the closing stages.

"It was great that we both scored," Carroll added. "For me it was nice to get one in front of the Kop. It was a great ball from Stewie. He picked me out and all I had to do was put it in the back of the net.

"At the end I just thought it was important to set Luis up. It was a great ball by Jose [Enrique] and Luis was probably in a better place than me. He was there and he just nodded it home.

"I thought the whole team played well, we gelled together and passed it well. We got the goals that we have been lacking."

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