Steven Gerrard: Leading Liverpool out at Wembley will fulfil dream
Steven Gerrard admits he will fulfil a boyhood dream when he leads Liverpool out at Wembley in the Carling Cup final
Steven Gerrard has admitted it will be a dream come true to lead Liverpool out at Wembley for the first time in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.
The 31-year-old has won the League Cup on two previous occasions at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in 2001 and 2003, but he has never played in a cup final at Wembley.
Gerrard lifted the Champions League and FA Cup as Liverpool captain but the England midfielder admits the chance to lead the Reds out at the national stadium has been a career-long ambition ahead of Sunday’s clash with Cardiff City.
“Every time I played for Liverpool at Cardiff and led the team out there, there was a bit of me thinking ‘if only this was Wembley’,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“Don’t get me wrong, we had some great days in Cardiff and I’ve got some fantastic memories of playing at the Millennium Stadium, but I’d have preferred to have won those trophies at Wembley.
“When growing up as a kid, I dreamed about playing in cup finals at Wembley. Then when I became captain of Liverpool, I dreamed about leading the team out there.”
Gerrard has experienced the pain of losing a cup final following Chelsea’s extra-time victory in the Carling Cup in 2005 – and the midfielder admits he looks back at that defeat as a low point in his career.
“I’ve experienced both sides of it,” Gerrard said. “The own goal I scored and losing to Chelsea in 2005 was one of the lowest days I’ve had as a footballer. Losing a cup final is a horrible feeling.
“I’ve won this cup twice [in 2001 and 2003] and now I’m going for the hat-trick. That’s my goal.
“We just need to make sure we come away with the right result. As long as we get the right result it will be a day to cherish.
“If we win on Sunday this group of players will experience what it’s like to walk around a stadium full of your supporters going wild. That buzz and the tingles that gives you drives you on to want more.
“I’ll be doing everything I can on Sunday to ensure we come away from Wembley with that cup on our bus.”