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Gunnarsson: Pressure on Liverpool

Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson believes all the pressure will be on Liverpool during Sunday's Carling Cup final at Wembley.

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Cardiff are appearing in their first League Cup final and are the rank outsiders to secure the trophy against the heavily-fancied Liverpool.

While the Welsh club will be keen to avoid another dose of Wembley heartache, having lost the 2008 FA Cup final and the 2010 Championship play-off final at the ground, Gunnarsson insists a desire to avoid a repeat of those defeats does not put any pressure on the Bluebirds.

He said: "Liverpool are a big club and we know that we are going to go in as underdogs so we have to go out there, hope for the best and enjoy a great occasion.

"We know that we need to have a great game, every single one of us will have to play well if we are to succeed.

"But we are going to enjoy it, there is a mix of nerves and excitement around the squad, which I think is a good mix for any athlete.

"There is no pressure on our backs because Liverpool are the favourites and hopefully that can help us just go out and savour a great game.

"This is the biggest match of my career. I have never been to Wembley to watch or to play, but I am going there to enjoy myself.''

The Iceland midfielder, 22, who joined Cardiff from Coventry last summer is also eager to lock horns with Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard.

"He's a world class player who has been there and an awful lot of Icelandic people admire him,'' said Gunnarsson.

"It's going to be weird playing against him but I'll just take the game as it comes and do everything I can to help us win.''


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