I've recently experienced haunting flashbacks of male apparitions clad in white. They stalk the green, prance around but fail to terrify.

But enough chat about Roy Evans and the "Spice Boys" jolly to Wembley.

 

Eric Cantona's late swivel and volley put paid to FA Cup glory for Liverpool that day and the Red men in white suits will forever be remembered for their fashion faux pas.

 

Since that day the list of teams that have visited Wembley to play their part in the League Cup final include Middlesbrough, Leicester, Tranmere Rovers and Wigan.

 

Liverpool did make five domestic cup final appearances between 2001 and 2006 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium as Wembley underwent a costly rebuild. The Reds though have not won any silverware since the pulsating FA Cup final win over West Ham United in 2006.

 

Their opponents Cardiff have already played at the home of football having faced Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth in the 2007/08 FA Cup final, as well as the playoff final of 2010.

 

Craig Bellamy has already stated that he will not celebrate if he features and scores in the final. In an ideal world the Welsh firebrand who has arguably been Liverpool's best player this season is hoping for a narrow Liverpool victory with no winning assist from himself.

 

The final also represents a first Wembley visit with Liverpool for club legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

 

The Liverpool skipper has scored for England at a World Cup, lifted the Champions League and scored one of the FA Cup's greatest goals, but insists that Wembley will be on a par with any of his magical football memories.

 

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Gerrard enthused:

 

"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."

 

In an interview with Liverpoolfc.tv Gerrard added: "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.

 

"That's what happened back in 2001. We picked up the League Cup and then went on win the treble. It gave us the confidence to go and win more trophies. Momentum builds and it gives everyone a taste of success.

 

"If we win on Sunday this group of players will experience what it's like to walk around a stadium full of your supporters going wild. That buzz and the tingles that gives you, drives you on to want more.

 

"We're still in the FA Cup and challenging for a top-four place in the league. There's no doubt winning the Carling Cup would have a really positive affect on us for the rest of this season. It would drive us on to achieve more."

 

It would be fitting if one of Liverpool's greatest captains and arguably their greatest ever player leads his team to victory and up the famous steps to lift his first piece of silverware at Wembley. It’s been a long time. Ian Rush was the last Liverpool skipper to lift a trophy at Anfield.

 

It's time to march with Kenny's army. It's time to banish the white suit ghosts.

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