MARTIN SKRTEL has revealed his pride at scoring for Liverpool in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday – and says he hopes to experience more days like it in the future.
The Slovakian, who enjoyed an excellent game in the centre of defence, drew the Reds level with a close-range finish against a spirited Cardiff City, helping his side secure a nervy penalty shoot-out win over the Championship outfit.
It was his fourth goal of the campaign, but just his seventh in four years at Anfield, and the defender admits it was a proud moment. “It was very special,” said Skrtel. “I don’t score too many goals, so to do so in a cup final, and to help my team win a trophy, I am very happy.”
The 27-year-old admitted he was surprised at just how difficult Sunday’s game was, but says he was delighted with how his side pulled through in the end.
“We hoped it would be easier,” he said.
“It was very difficult for us, and Cardiff played very well.
“It was an interesting 120 minutes for the fans I’m sure, but not for the players!
“But at the end of the day, we won, and we got the trophy, so we are happy.”
Skrtel hopes the Reds’ quest for silverware will not end there, however.
“I hope (there is more to come),” he said.
“I think everybody who plays football does so to win trophies, especially at a club like Liverpool.
“This is the first we have won after a long period (six years), and we all hope in the future there will be more and more.”