Liverpool’s Andy Carroll excited to fulfil FA Cup final dream

Liverpool's Andy Carroll admits he will fulfil a childhood dream if the striker figures in the Reds' FA Cup final against Chelsea

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Andy Carroll scored the winner in Liverpool's semi-final win over Everton Photo: k1ngk0ng, via Flickr

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Andy Carroll is relishing the chance to complete a childhood dream when Liverpool take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

The 23-year-old started alongside Luis Suárez in Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final in February, with the England international picking up his first winners’ medal.

“It’s going to be a massive game for me and for the club,” Carroll told Liverpool’s website.

“Everybody is looking forward to it – it’s a huge game.

“I can remember watching Cup finals when I was younger. It’s always been a massive game in football.

“Getting to the Cup final and just the whole atmosphere – even in the past when I’ve been at home, everyone gets ready to watch the Cup final and is very excited about it.”

“My Carling Cup winners’ medal is hidden away at the moment, I need a couple more for a cabinet!

“I’ve worked hard and it would be great to get another trophy. Having already got one is a great achievement for me, my family and everyone else. To get another one would be massive.

“It would be massive for the club and it would be a good season.”

Carroll, who joined Liverpool from Newcastle United in a record £35m deal in January 2011, scored a dramatic winner in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over derby rivals Everton in the semi-finals.

The former Newcastle United striker insisted Liverpool are not fazed by the prospect of facing Champions League finalists Chelsea in the Wembley showpiece.

“It didn’t matter who we got, either Chelsea or Tottenham, it was going to be a tough game,” added Carroll.

“It’s been a great turnaround for them and they’ve been doing well, but so are we – it’ll be a good game.”

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