Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush insists that the current crop of Reds players will have to deal with the pressure of ending the club’s six year trophy drought, BBC
Liverpool face Championship side Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, which will be their first appearance at the new Wembley. The last trophy won by Kenny Dalglish’s side was the FA Cup in 2006 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and the Reds are huge favourites for Sunday. Liverpool have been impressive in the cup competitions this season, reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after an emphatic 6-1 win over Brighton.
Rush is wary of the threat posed by Cardiff and believes that Liverpool will have to be careful they do not wilt under the expectation. The Welshman said: ‘You have to be strong enough mentally to deal with that pressure. If you can’t put up with it mentally, then it’s going to be a problem. It’s a no-lose situation for Cardiff, because they are not expected to win. If you get to any final, there is no easy ride. It’s what you make of it’.
Craig Bellamy is available to play against his former side and Rush believes that the Welshman will play a significant role against Cardiff. Rush said: ‘He’s been one of our star players without doubt. His attitude is absolutely fantastic – he wants to win’.
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