Neal: Two cup wins a success

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Liverpool's most successful player of all-time, Phil Neal, insists that a cup double would represent success this season for the Anfield side.

Neal believes an FA Cup win over Chelsea next month, to go along with their Carling Cup victory in February, would demonstrate progress for the Reds. Despite being unable to mount a serious top four challenge in the Premier League this season, Dalglish's Liverpool side could still end the year with two more trophies in their cabinet.

Speaking to, Neal said: "Two cups would be a good return at the end of the season in my book. I know it's frustrating for the fans we haven't been able to challenge for the top four this season but if we could finish with two cups it would be fantastic. We've got to feel we've made progress this season and I certainly do."

Neal is the most decorated player in the club's history, with eight league titles, four European Cups and four League Cups to his name. The former full-back enjoyed great success in the famous Liverpool sides of the 70s and 80s, and trails only Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in terms of the most successful players in English football history.

The Reds face Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday 5 May, giving them the chance to win their first FA Cup since their penalty shootout victory over West Ham in 2006. A Liverpool victory would also see the Anfield club climb in joint third place on the all-time list of FA Cup wins alongside Tottenham Hotspur with 8 cup victories.

The former Liverpool captain also believes that the experience of the two Wembley finals will stand the club's young players in good stead for next season.

"The youngsters who have been heavily involved in our cup runs, such as Spearing, Kelly and the rest, are learning all the time and they can take that into next season," added Neal.

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