Dalglish: Forget Wembley and concentrate

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned Reds players and fans that now is not the time to rest on their laurels.

The Anfield club won their first trophy for six years on Sunday by defeating Championship club Cardiff City on penalties in the Carling Cup final.

Dalglish has praised all involved for that triumph but warned that there is much to be done if the club are to taste similar success again and on a regular basis.

“We should enjoy what we've done but know that we've got to look forward,” he told the official Liverpool website.

“Everybody loved it, but when you like something and you've enjoyed the taste, it makes you that little bit more anxious to get back there.

“But we've got a long way to go this season, and I'm not trying to put a dampener on anything from Sunday, but we've got to be realistic.

“I'm sure we'll move onwards and upwards, but we won't do that if we think we've arrived anywhere.”

It was a hard fought win over the Welsh side at Wembley and it took the drama of a shoot-out to find a winner.

The next target Liverpool will have is a win over Arsenal when the two sides face one another in the early kick-off this Saturday.

The Gunners are direct rivals to Dalglish’s team in the race for fourth spot in the Premier League and a lucrative place in next season’s Champions League.

They also have a chance of a return to Wembley come the end of the season, as they are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and a winnable tie with Stoke City.

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