Suarez: Cup form proves progression

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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez says success in this season's domestic cup competitions proves the club are making strides under Kenny Dalglish.

The Reds are the draw specialists in the top half of the Premier League this season, with eight stalemates undermining the club's fight for Champions League qualification, and thereby drawing attention to their summer transfer dealings.

However, having won the Carling Cup last month, and confirming a return to Wembley with victory over Stoke City to reach the FA Cup semi-final, Suarez is adamant the team is moving forward.

"I think after such a long period, to get to two finals in one season would be great for the club, a real positive," he said.

"It would show just how the team are getting used to the manager's system and style of play, as well as how well the new arrivals have settled into the side. That's a good sign for next season too.

"It would be something really special. To be just a season and a half with a club and win two medals would be great. It's just a case of trying to keep calm and collected, and waiting for the game to come around.

"If we get the chance to win it, then we can enjoy it, because winning trophies is never easy, especially here in England."

Dalglish's side made their first appearance at Wembley for 16 years when they took on Cardiff City in the League Cup final.

Furthermore, the game was the Reds' first at the new Wembley, but despite a second appearance being on the horizon, Suarez warns against taking their eye off their fading challenge of qualifying for the Champions League.

"It's a great feeling because it's a superb stadium and always a great spectacle for everyone who loves their football," said the Uruguayan.

"Going back there with Liverpool to play in a semi-final is going to be a great occasion but we first of all have to concentrate on the important league games coming up before we begin to think about Wembley.

"Things have become difficult to grab a place in the Champions League but we will keep battling hard right until the end of the season and try to give a good account of ourselves."

The Anfield club could end up facing Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup last four, but will be looking for favours from their near neighbours this week as the Toffees take on Arsenal, while Liverpool travel to Queens Park Rangers.

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