LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard admitted to feeling mixed emotions after cousin Anthony’s missed penalty handed the Reds a dramatic 3-2 shoot-out victory over Cardiff in the Carling Cup final.
The Wembley showpiece finished 2-2 after extra-time before both Gerrards missed spot-kicks – but it was Anthony’s which proved decisive on the fifth kick.
Steven Gerrard said: “It’s always cruel when it comes to penalties, but there has to be a loser.
“It was always going to be that one of us was sad and one celebrating. I’ve got mixed emotions. Obviously I’m delighted to win the cup for our supporters, but I feel for Anthony and Cardiff.
“It doesn’t matter what I say to him – he’s going to be down. I’ll be there for him and all the family will be behind him.”
Gerrard also admitted the club have to build on this success.
“We won’t accept just this, we need more, we want more,” he added.
Vice-captain Jamie Carragher has stressed the Reds must build on their Carling Cup triumph and not allow it to distract them from their other aims this season.
The victory over Cardiff on penalties at Wembley sealed the club’s first trophy for six years.
But with an FA Cup quarter-final coming up next month and the race for the top four hotting up, the 33-year-old knows they cannot afford for a record eighth League Cup to dilute their ambition, even if it means they have already qualified for the Europa League.
“We have achieved something but there are two more targets, one of which (the top four) has been made more difficult but other results today,” he said, referring to Arsenal’s win over Tottenham.
“But we’re still in the FA Cup and we want to come back here again, whether that be a semi-final or a final.
“It would be great to go on and do well in the FA Cup, that is what we want to do.”
Carragher was asked whether manager Kenny Dalglish, who tried to keep his emotions in check, had enjoyed winning his first piece of silverware for Liverpool since the 1990 league title.
“I am sure it means a lot to him,” he added.
“This season has a long way to go, but inside I am sure he is delighted.”
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina is also looking forward to what he wants to be a new phase of trophy successes.
“I hope so,” said the Spaniard when asked if this would be the first of many pieces of silverware. “We are optimistic.
“But we know, the teams up there (in the Premier League), they are strong as well. They fight with the best and they spend some money in the summer. It will be tougher and tougher, so we have to be prepared.”