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The Carling Cup isn't necessarily the biggest title around, but it has been 6 years since Liverpool last won some hardware (they won the FA Cup in 2006). Since then, things haven't been looking up for the Reds. (Currently, they are in 7th place in the BPL!!)
And it didn't look like things would get better for them in their Cup final against Cardiff City, a team currently playing in the 2nd division. Cardiff scored first in the 19th minute, and it wasn't until midway through the 2nd half that Liverpool scored an equalizer. Extra time looked promising for the Reds stepped ahead 2-1, but Cardiff City kept things very interesting by bringing the match to a tie just a few minutes later.
Which brings us to the penalty shoot-out. When Captain Steven Gerrard missed the first penalty, things didn't look too good for Liverpool. So call it a strange coincidence when his cousin Anthony Gerrard, who plays for Cardiff, somehow missed his penalty as well, handing the trophy to Liverpool. Check out the very tense penalty shoot-out:
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Hopefully this win gives them the motivation they need to go up a few notches in the BPL. They are also still in the FA Cup and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can replicate their Carling Cup success there.