Monday 27 February 2012

Dalglish: “This will be the first of many meaningless trophies”

Kenny Dalglish has promised that Liverpool’s Carling Cup victory over Championship side Cardiff City will be the first of many meaningless trophies that he will bring to Merseyside in his second stint as manager.

The Scotsman said, “This victory will inspire us to win more second tier trophies that a lot of other clubs just don’t bother with.”

Whilst major clubs now treat the Carling Cup as little more than an opportunity to give the reserves and youth team a day out, the victory has been greeted on the red half of Merseyside with scenes usually reserved for the second coming of Christ, or a Gerry and the Pacemakers reunion, with Dalglish saying that this was just the start.

“We could even win the Community Shield, if it wasn’t just for teams which had won a proper trophy the previous season.

“Is the Full Members Cup still going? What about that Leyland DAF one? What’s that called these days?”

Liverpool’s trophy cabinet, which has been bare since they stopped winning real cups six years ago, now proudly displays the trophy which has been won over the years by Oxford United and Luton Town.

Liverpool fan Mark Richards said, “It’ll be like the League Cup glory years all over again. You know, when a middling side like Leicester won it a couple of times in quick succession.”

Dalglish concluded, “This win was important for two reasons – firstly it’s a meaningless trophy in its own right, and secondly it means we can enter the promised land of low-status silverware: the Europa League.

“Now we don’t even have to try to finish 5th or 6th in the Premier League to qualify for that. Which is lucky.”

When reminded that Liverpool are still in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with a favourable home tie against Stoke and four of the six teams above them in the league already knocked out, Dalglish said, “Come on, let’s not get carried away.”

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