FA Cup final: Dalglish - Liverpool have rediscovered the sweet taste of success
Kenny Dalglish says his Liverpool players have got the taste of success back ahead of this season’s FA Cup final.
The Reds, seven-time winners of the famous trophy, face a mouthwatering clash with Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
In spite of the success the two clubs have enjoyed down the years, they have never met in the final before.
With two Wembley wins under their belt already this season - in the League Cup final and against Merseyside neighbours Everton in their FA Cup semi-final - Liverpool are full of confidence.
“The players who were out there and the players who have made a contribution throughout The FA Cup have been fantastic and their attitude, application and intent to get a positive result was there for everybody to see,” said Anfield boss Dalglish.
“Winning gives you a good feeling. If you can't enjoy winning, you might as well put the lid on the box because it is time up.
‘Go forward and try to win something else’
“You can get a taste of it, think it is great for us to go forward and try to win something else because you enjoyed that so much or you can go complacent and say that is great we have won a trophy, that is all I wanted to do.
“The most important thing is that the players want to be more successful than they have been.
“It’s called work in progress and we’ve said that many times before. We said that after the League Cup and we’re saying the same thing now.”
Chelsea are also looking to make it a trophy double this season after their heroics in Barcelona saw them clinch a place in the Champions League final, where they will face Bayern Munich.
Their manager Roberto Di Matteo has plenty of happy memories of FA Cup finals as well, not least when he scored for the Blues after just 42 seconds against Middlesbrough in 1997. And Chelsea certainly found Wembley to their liking on their last visit after they overcame London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 in their semi-final.
“It's not always been like that, our finishing,” said Di Matteo. “We were ruthless and scored some cracking goals. We always create chances and we were very clinical in finishing.”
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