Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Carragher’s dreaming of Wembley glory for Liverpool

Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool need to show massive improvement for him to fulfil his dream of finally playing for the club at Wembley.

The 31-year-old defender may have won four domestic trophies but they were all at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and Liverpool's last appearance at Wembley, in 1996, was before he broke into the team.

Against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Rafael Benitez's men were close to being knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle but Carragher's Wembley dream is still alive after holding on for a replay at Anfield.

“The cup is massive,” Carragher said. “It's always been massive for me. I've been around for a long time but I've not played at Wembley for Liverpool, only England.

“I've not even been to the semis at Wembley. I know I haven't got that long left so I'm desperate to get to Wembley this season because it's massive for Liverpool.

“I've been to Cardiff a few times but I'd love to get to Wembley. My son is six years old and I'd love to take him to Wembley to watch Liverpool.

“I went as a kid to Wembley to watch games, Cardiff was great but to go up Wembley Way in the coach with all the fans is something we want to do but obviously we have to improve on this performance.”

Carragher concedes it was a poor performance at Reading on Saturday night, with the hosts exposing Liverpool's zonal marking system for Simon Church's opener. Steven Gerrard's cross was dummied by Dirk Kuyt for the equaliser before the break but Brian McDermott's men kept attacking in the second half.

“Towards the end we were making sure we didn't lose it because they had a few set-pieces,” Carragher said. “We're delighted to get them back to Anfield.”

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