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Gerrard eager for Wembley showcase

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard can't wait for the opportunity to lead his team out at Wembley for the first time prior to Sunday's Carling Cup final against Cardiff City.

Despite numerous appearances for his country at the new Wembley, Gerrard is yet to play there in the red of Liverpool, having to instead contend with run outs at the Millennium Stadium.

And Gerrard says playing at the home of football will make Sunday's final against Cardiff all the more special.

"To finally get the chance to achieve that with Liverpool will be amazing," Gerrard said. "I've experienced both the old and the new Wembley and I can tell you it's a very special place.

"You walk out and are hit by the number of people there. It's new and it's modern but the buzz is just the same as it was.

"There's the drive up to it, up Wembley Way. Instead of the twin towers, there's now the massive arch. It's a magnificent arena and one of the best I've ever played in."

"Every time I played for Liverpool at Cardiff and led the team out there, there was a bit of me thinking 'if only this was Wembley. Don't get me wrong, we had some great days in Cardiff and I've got some fantastic memories of playing at the Millennium Stadium. But I'd have preferred to have won those trophies at Wembley.

"When growing up as a kid, I dreamed about playing in cup finals at Wembley. Then when I became captain of Liverpool, I dreamed about leading the team out there."

The Anfield club will be aiming to end an six-year trophy drought by claiming the League Cup, a wait for silverware that has been too long according to the skipper.

"Six years without a trophy for this football club isn't good enough. It's been too long and everyone knows that. It's time we delivered a trophy.

"Everyone knows the club has been through some tough times but we're moving forward now.

"We're all desperate to bring success back. It's what we're working so hard to achieve.

"I'm hoping this is just the beginning for us. It would be stupid to win the Carling Cup and then rest on our laurels. This is an important cup for us but there are other big prizes we want to strive for.

"I honestly believe winning this cup will be the catalyst for a successful period for the club. It will certainly give us the belief and confidence to deliver more."

Sunday's final is a reward for the way that Kenny Dalglish has treated the competition, fielding his strongest side at every opportunity as he hunts down a trophy the Merseysiders have won seven times; but not since 2003.

The return of Dalglish has coincided with increased success in the domestic cups, with Liverpool having also progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they'll face Stoke City.

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