Carragher: Carling Cup very important

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Jamie Carragher has insisted Liverpool will take their Carling Cup second round tie with Exeter City seriously, and hope it will be the first step to claiming their first piece of silverware for five years.

The Reds have a rich history in the League Cup, having won the competition seven times, last back in 2003 under Gerard Houllier.

However, with no European Competition to distract the side, Liverpool will be considered as one of the favourites to claim the trophy, hence the importance of the second round tie against Npower League One side Exeter.

"Exeter is a massive game for us. We haven't been in the Carling Cup at this stage for a long time," Carragher said.

"There's no Europe this season so everybody at the club is determined to do as well as we can in the domestic cups.


"We need to make sure we get through that before thinking about Bolton."

Their opponents from Devon, Paul Tisdale's Exeter, have begun the season in difficult circumstances, beating Yeovil Town on the opening day of the season, before losing three games on the trot, including Saturday's defeat at Preston North End.

The Grecians have firmly established themselves as a Football League outfit, following back-to-back promotions which saw them soar from the Conference to League One in successive seasons.

Tisdale is hoping his side do the tie justice.

"It's a fantastic draw and it's a fantastic opportunity to see one of the country's best teams play down here at St James Park and I think we'll do ourselves justice," Tisdale said.

"We'll do ourselves proud and I hope we give our supporters something to cheer on the night."

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