McManaman hails Liverpool Cup kings

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Steve McManaman has urged Liverpool’s current crop to take their chance in the Carling Cup final and add some silverware to the club’s recently baron trophy cabinet.

The former Reds winger scored twice in the League Cup final win against Bolton back in 1995, and also tasted FA Cup success in 1992 when Sunderland were beaten 2-0 at the old Wembley.

Having not reached a final since the twin towers were replaced by the arch in 2007, this weekend’s clash with Cardiff City offers Liverpool the chance to make its first mark at the new stadium, and McManaman is confident Kenny Dalglish’s side won’t freeze on the big stage.

"The lads will be looking forward to it. They will be nervous of course because they are playing at Wembley and they certainly haven't experienced the new Wembley in a Liverpool shirt, so it must be a wonderful feeling," McManaman told

"It's a cup final at Wembley and this is a chance for the lads to be in the history books alongside players from the past who have won everything. It's a great occasion for them.

"A lot has been made about this Wembley thing and I think the slight detractors of Liverpool FC forget that we've played in numerous League and FA Cup finals in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.

"It's great to go back to Wembley and Liverpool are big favourites. They've done a lot of the hard work but they've still got one hurdle to do - get the cup, celebrate and let's add it to the history of another trophy for Liverpool."

The ex-Real Madrid man is also in no doubt that captain Steven Gerrard will play a pivotal role against the Bluebirds, having returned to top form at Anfield.

Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy are also expected to play a big part in the clash with Malky Mackay’s side, and Liverpool will have to cope with a heavy favourites tag ahead of the match-up against their Championship opponents.

"Liverpool just need to approach it like any other game. I know it's an easy thing to say but just approach it like they did against Brighton. You know Cardiff City will be working hard and trying their best and you need to match that,” he concluded.

“We need to be ruthless. When you get the opportunity score goals and finish the game off as soon as possible then you can start to enjoy yourself.

"For me Steven Gerrard is still the stand out player for Liverpool. Luis Suarez has done very well, and Craig Bellamy has had something of a renaissance season. He has scored some important goals. I hope we are talking about a comfortable victory and the defence can be as solid as they have been."

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