Liverpool boss Dalglish happy for Gerrard over Cup final chance

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is delighted skipper Steven Gerrard will be leading them in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City.

Dalglish believes the opportunity to collect another winners' medal is reward for the hard work the captain has put in overcoming injury setbacks this season.

In addition, the gaffer feels the experience of the likes of Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and other senior members of his squad will be of benefit to their teammates.

Dalglish said: "Steven is a tremendous influence on everybody - but each individual has a part to play. Being skipper of the football club gives Steven that little bit of added responsibility.

"Carra as well, who has been here as long as Steven and has been a fantastic servant to the football club. He may not wear the armband, but he's equally influential.

"There are a lot of people in and around the place who can be influential and helpful. Their experience will stand the other boys in good stead.

"For Steven, it's a great reward for him after the problems he's had with injury."

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