Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes the club have made it to the Carling Cup final because they treated the competition with respect.

The league cup does not hold the same esteem as it used to but Dalglish feels that the Reds have been rewarded with a spot in the Wembley decider, to be played this Sunday against Cardiff City, because they treated it seriously.

"I don't think it (the competition) has regained the credibility from years gone by," said Dalglish.

"I think we have treated it with respect but the teams that have treated it with respect are few and far between.

"We have treated it very seriously. We've used 20-odd players to get there so every member of the squad bar a couple has made a contribution.

"We are grateful to all of them, to the owners and supporters and everyone who has stood by us."

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