Steven Gerrard warns Liverpool against complacency ahead of final
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard warns his team-mates that Cardiff will be ready to play "game of their lives" against the Reds
Steven Gerrard is expecting a testing encounter against Cardiff City as Liverpool gear up for Sunday’s Carling Cup final.
Kenny Dalglish’s side are strong favourites to beat their Championship opposition at Wembley and lift their first trophy since 2006.
But the Liverpool captain has warned his team-mates that Malky Mackay’s men will be ready to play the “game of their lives” against the Reds.
“We experienced [being the favourites] with Birmingham in 2001 and with West Ham in 2006. They were very difficult games and we had to dig deep to come through them,” Gerrard, 31, told Liverpool’s website.
“Cardiff are dangerous opposition. It’s the game of their lives. They will raise their game and they will perform at a level they haven’t performed at before.
“If our standards slip then we’ll be in for a tough afternoon. We must approach the game in the right way. If we perform to the level we know we can then we should come out as winners.
“But we’ve got one giant hurdle left to get over. It’s very important we focus and give everything we have got to get this trophy.
“I want to walk up those steps and lift the cup above my head.”
Gerrard admits he is relishing the prospect of lifting silverware again as Liverpool skipper and believes the Reds fans “deserve” to see their side win trophy again.
“It’s going to be a great occasion for the supporters,” he added. “They’ve waited long enough for a day like this. It’s been a difficult few years but they have stuck with us and been brilliant.
“We know what the fans want and it’s up to the players to give it back to them. I don’t need to tell Liverpool fans how to make noise – I know they will be right behind us on the day. We’ve got to give everything for them. They deserve a trophy.”