Former Liverpool boss Gerrard Houllier believes captain Steven Gerrard and manager Kenny Dalglish are the main men as the club looks to get back to winning ways.

The Reds face Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley this Sunday and Houllier feels it could be the perfect tonic to kickstart a successful era at Anfield led by star midfielder Gerrard and club legend Dalglish.

"Steven has great leadership qualities and inspires those around him," he said.

"That's why I made him captain at such a young age. He thrives on responsibility.

"He was out injured for a long time, but there are signs he's getting back to the top level.

"With Kenny in charge and Steven leading a team with so much potential, the future looks very bright for Liverpool.

"Winning the League Cup could be the start of something special.

"Getting that first trophy is hugely important. Liverpool Football Club has a culture of winning silverware."

 Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Liverpool