Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard eager for Liverpool match

Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard (left) challenges Blackburn's David Goodwillie during their Carling Cup quarter-final
Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard challenges David Goodwillie of Blackburn Rovers

Anthony Gerrard is hoping the Carling Cup semi-final draw pits his Cardiff team against home-town club Liverpool.

The centre-back's cousin, England midfielder Steven, plays for the Reds while Gerrard is an ex-Everton trainee.

Manchester City and the winners of Manchester United versus Crystal Palace are the other teams in the draw.

"Personally I want Liverpool because it's a two-legged affair and I get to play at Anfield, and they get to come down here," Gerrard said.

"So it would be fantastic, not just for me but for the whole family."

Gerrard added: "The financial rewards for getting so far are really good for the club, which is only good."

The centre-back impressed as Championship promotion-chasers Cardiff disposed of Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers 2-0 on Tuesday night.

The last time Cardiff reached the semi-finals stage of the League Cup was 1966, where they lost to a West Ham side containing the likes of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.

The pre-match atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium was sombre following the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

But Gerrard believes the Cardiff players and supporters served up a fitting tribute.

"I think we gave Gary Speed a great send-off... it was sad circumstances in the way he died and my sympathies go out to his family and friends," Gerrard added.

"Everyone in Wales felt a massive blow when they heard the news. He's done fantastic things with the national side and he was a legend as a player.

"The way the lads pulled together and the fans chanted his name... throughout the game showed what he meant to the people of Wales.

"I thought they were outstanding... every single one of them, it was a great turn-out for a midweek game, for a quarter-final, so let's see what the semis have got to hold."

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