Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam believes victory in the Carling Cup will represent the first step on the rung of the ladder which will lead the club back to success.

The Reds have not won a trophy since the FA Cup six years ago and Sunday's encounter against Cardiff is the closest they have come to ending that run since the Champions League defeat to AC Milan in Athens in 2007. Liverpool start as firm favourites against the npower Championship club and Adam believes it is time for the club to re-enter the winner's circle.

"For me, it will be a proud occasion. This club is a massive club that has won trophies at home and abroad," said the Scotland international, a summer signing from Blackpool.

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