Less than 3 days after advancing to the Carling Cup final after defeating Manchester City on aggregate, 3-2, Liverpool will play City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Liverpool played United in a similar fixture last year in the FA Cup and was disappointingly knocked out by the Red Devils.
Despite being on a proverbial high after this win, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool’s manager, is keeping both feet on the ground even with all of the excitement around him. In an effort to quell his players ahead of Saturday’s match, “King” Kenny acknowledged the fact that this is a major achievement in the rebuilding process, but was quick to point out that Liverpool still has much to play for yet, and that his players should be keen in their quest to find success elsewhere as well.
“We’ve got to Wembley. That’s all we’ve achieved so far. We’ve not been there for a while, so I think that in itself is an achievement – but that’s not where our ambitions stop. We want to continue and do as well as we can between now and the end of the season,” Dalglish said.
Liverpool may be experiencing a difficult year, horrifically highlighted by their inept display against Bolton this last weekend when they lost 3-1 to the Trotters, but their runs in the domestic cups should give hope to Reds’ fans that there is indeed progress being made. If they do win on Saturday against their league rivals Man. United, then Liverpool could see themselves in the final of the League Cup and 2 rounds away from the semis in the FA Cup.