London: Liverpool ended their six-year trophy drought on Sunday
after winning a penalty shoot-out victory over Championship side Cardiff
City in the League Cup final at Wembley.
The Merseysiders just
about held their nerves in an error-strewn penalty decider, prevailing 3-2
after the two sides had finished locked at 2-2 after a thrilling period of
London: The Premier League club’s shoot-out
victory was clinched when Cardiff substitute Anthony Gerrard — cousin of
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard — shot wide with Cardiff’s fifth and
The Cardiff player’s miss came after Liverpool
had seen Steven Gerrard’s opening spot-kick saved and Charlie Adam’s
second blazed over the bar.
But misses from Cardiff’s Kenny
Miller, Rudy Gestede and Anthony proved decisive for the brave Welsh club.
This was Liverpool’s first trophy since their FA Cup triumph in 2006,
and the first since legend Kenny Dalglish returned as manager last year.
This was also their eight League Cup victory.
The match had gone
to penalties after a dramatic period of extra-time which saw Cardiff
snatch a 2-2 draw with a leveller from centre-half Ben Turner with just
two minutes remaining.
Turner jabbed home from close range to
sent Cardiff’s large contingent of travelling fans into raptures at
Liverpool had seemed poised to claim victory after
substitute Dirk Kuyt fired the Premier League giants 2-1 ahead after 108
The extra-time drama unfolded after the two teams
finished locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Liverpool levelling in the second
half through Martin Skrtel after Joe Mason had given Cardiff a shock
After the win, Steven Gerrard said: “It’s
always cruel when it goes to penalties. We got through by the skin of our
“It was always going to be one sad and one celebrating.
I feel for Anthony and for Cardiff.”
THE TELEGRAPH, CALCUTTA