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Gerrard seeking Liverpool redemption

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed his determination to exorcise the demons of 2005 when the Reds were defeated by Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium.

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Liverpool face Cardiff in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, seven years on from their agonising defeat to Chelsea.

The Reds were beaten 3-2, with Gerrard contributing to the loss with an own goal. The defeat came during a season in which Gerrard had been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and he left the Millennium Stadium at a low ebb.

"I was linked with Chelsea for a while before that final," Gerrard said. "So to score an own goal and lose was a nightmare for me. There were Liverpool fans who probably thought I meant the own goal at the time.

"I felt suicidal. It was one of the worst days I have had, especially coming against Chelsea."

Gerrard, who is back on track following a couple of years with injury, feels Carling Cup glory could launch Liverpool on to a period of success but he feels the squad needs improving on in order to mount a league title challenge.

"I think if we deliver the Carling Cup it will give us the confidence and can be a catalyst for the team," the England midfielder said.

"The new players are settling in well and getting better and better. You can see how the team is going. I think we are a bit further away than that team and it's a lot more difficult to win the league now than in 2001.

"Then there were probably three major forces and now there are five or six. But if we can keep adding to what we've got, and keep improving, hopefully we will do it."

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