Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes winning the FA Cup would make this season a good one for the Anfield club.
Kenny Dalglish’s side travel to Wembley on Saturday for the second time this season to face Chelsea in the FA’s showpiece club event, hoping to repeat their Carling Cup triumph there from February.
“This club is all about winning trophies; big trophies – and the FA Cup comes under that,” he is quoted as saying in The Independent.
“We will assess the season after the weekend. If we can look back and say we have won two cups, then we will be happy. We need to address the problem of our league position. But silverware is success.”
Liverpool’s cup successes have not been replicated in the league this season, where a dismal run of form since the turn of the year has seen them drop to eighth – three points behind Merseyside rivals Everton.
This form was maintained on Tuesday when they were beaten 1-0 by Fulham at Anfield, a result that led to boos ringing out from home fans.
It has been suggested that finishing in the position they are in is a poor season by Liverpool’s high standards, no matter if it is punctuated by winning domestic cups.
Gerrard rejected this suggestion, claiming that trophies are what teams play for and winning two of them would equate to a good campaign.
“That's why we play the game. Some of the biggest experiences we have had over the years is from winning cups – the European Cup, the FA Cup, the Uefa Cup, the Carling Cup,” he added.
“Those are the nights and days that you look back on with fond memories.”