Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard relishing Wembley final

Steven Gerrard celebrates
Gerrard will lead Liverpool to their first Wembley appearance in 16 years

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the chance to play for his hometown club at Wembley is a "superb" feeling.

The 31-year-old has won domestic silverware with Liverpool six times, but has never played in a London final.

Now the one-club midfielder has a chance to lift a trophy on Sunday, 26 February, should the Reds beat Championship opponents Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final.

"To lead them out at Wembley will be a special occasion," Gerrard said.

"It's been too long for this club to not be in a major cup final, so it's nice to finally get there," said Gerrard, whose penalty helped take his side to a Wembley final for the first time in 16 years.

"It's going to be superb for myself."

Gerrard won two FA Cups, two League Cups and two Community Shields between 2001 and 2006, but every final was played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He also won the Champions League in 2005 and the Uefa Cup in 2001.

The 2011 Carling Cup will take place at the new Wembley Stadium, and should Gerrard maintain his fitness he will be expected to start.

Liverpool overcame semi-final opponents Manchester City 3-2 over two legs, securing the victory with a hard fought 2-2 draw at Anfield on Wednesday.

The Reds' captain was in no doubt that his team deserved to go through. "It was a tough game but we were brave, we were bold and we attacked, and we got our reward," he said.

The Merseysiders will take on Cardiff City after the Welsh side saw off Crystal Palace on penalties on Tuesday, and Gerrard has no doubt that the Bluebirds will relish their chance in the spotlight.

"I'm sure we'll be massive favourites but we've got to show Cardiff respect," the England international insisted.

"It's going to be the game of their lives. They're going to be right up for it.

"They are going to play at a level they've not played at before so it's important that we don't drop our standards.

"We've got to raise our game and, if we do, I'm sure we can lift the Cup."

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