Steven Gerrard: It’s been too long since Liverpool were in a cup final
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard admits he can't wait to lead his side out at the new Wembley in this season's Carling Cup final
Steven Gerrard is relishing the prospect of playing at the new Wembley for the first time in a Liverpool shirt after he helped the Reds book their place in the Carling Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday.
Gerrard’s 40th-minute penalty cancelled out Nigel de Jong’s opener at Anfield before Edin Dzeko fired the visitors back in front mid-way through the second half.
But the impressive Craig Bellamy netted a brilliant aggregate winner in the 74th minute as Kenny Dalglish’s men held on to book their place in the final against Cardiff City.
“It’s been too long for this club to not be in a major cup final, so it’s nice to finally get there,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.
“It’s going to be superb for myself. I’ve led the boys out at Cardiff before but to lead them out at the new Wembley stadium is going to be a special occasion for myself.
“Tonight was a tough game but we were brave, we were bold and we attacked, and we got our reward.”
The 31-year-old Liverpool skipper reserved particular praise for Bellamy, whose sparkling display was key to the Reds’ victory.
“Craig has been superb since he’s come in, he’s a fantastic professional who works really hard and he got his rewards here,” he continued.
“He was a menace all night – that’s what type of player he is. He’s in your face, he runs in behind, he doesn’t let you settle on the ball and I’m sure if he carries on he can have the impact at this club that Gary McAllister did.”
“People sign for this club to play in front of atmospheres like that. The lads are talking about it now, all the new signings.
“I’m sure the fans are going home very happy and already planning their trips to Wembley.
“We knew it, we knew if we could stay in this tie until the second leg that we’d have a huge advantage with our supporters. They were the key tonight. It was the kind of response we all wanted.
He added: “The manager had a go at us and rightly so, and it was important that we showed the fans a massive reaction.”