Cardiff City 2 Liverpool 2: There’s more to come from us – Dalglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists the Reds have a lot more work to do after winning the Carling Cup at Wembley
Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool’s Carling Cup success is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the club.
The Reds’ six-year wait for a trophy was ended when Cardiff City defender Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool skipper Steven, missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to hand the Merseysiders victory at Wembley after extra-time finished 2-2.
“We’re where we are because of the work of everyone – not just me,” Dalglish said. “The owners, supporters, players – everybody has chipped in. The closer we are, the stronger we’ll be together.
“Today has been the culmination of a lot of hard work of an awful lot of people in every aspect of the football club, whether owner, director, player or groundsman, everybody has worked as hard as they possible could to move the club forward.
“Although we’ve won something today, that’s not us finished. We don’t want to stop here – we want to keep going. The best chance we have of doing that is to continue to do what we do best, and that’s to stick together.”
Joe Mason handed the Bluebirds a first-half lead but Martin Skrtel levelled after the break to force the game to extra-time.
Substitute Dirk Kuyt then put Dalglish’s side within touching distance of the trophy before Ben Turner equalised in the 28th minute of extra-time.
The Reds eventually triumphed 3-2 on penalties to hand them their eighth League Cup crown – but Dalglish praised Cardiff’s performance after the Championship side fought hard in an entertaining encounter.
“We’re delighted to have won a trophy. It was a difficult game for us and I think Cardiff represented their football club extremely well. They tried everything. Even in extra-time after Dirk scored, they were very tired but they dug down deep enough to get an equaliser.
“The game has got to be settled some way, and the choice is penalty kicks. We feel for Anthony Gerrard, who missed the vital one that meant we won the trophy.
“I think every footballer feels for somebody that does that, but for us we’re delighted to have won a trophy. Throughout the whole competition we’ve deserved the victory.
“We’ve played well, come through some really hard games, and today was a really hard game because they were tough opponents. Malky Mackay can be proud of the job he’s done there, and the people of Cardiff can be proud of the efforts they’ve put in.
“Our people are absolutely delighted with their first trophy in six years, so it’s been a very good day for us. We’ll just continue to work hard and see where it takes us.”