Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says their Carling Cup triumph has inspired everyone at the club.

The Reds ended a six-year wait for silverware by beating Cardiff City to lift the trophy at Wembley 11 days ago, and the managing director believes it could prove a significant moment as they chase further glory.

Ayre told Liverpoolfc.tv: "The mood around the club has been fantastic, as you would imagine.

"I think people probably underestimated at the time the significance of that win to us as a football club.

"We've been through a lot in the last few years - our fans have been through a lot, everybody concerned with the club has been through a lot - and I think getting to our first new Wembley final had a lot of significance for lots of reasons other than just winning."