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Friday, 24 February 2012

Liverpool FC reveal extra measures taken to avoid Carling Cup final shock against Cardiff City

LIVERPOOL have warned Cardiff City there is no chance of a Wimbledon repeat at Wembley, claiming they’ve got the Bluebirds taped.

Reds chief Kenny Dalglish was the victim of one of football’s great cup final upsets when no-hopers Wimbledon beat his rampant Reds back in 1998.

And Anfield bosses have revealed the extraordinary efforts the Premier League giants have gone to in order to avoid David versus Goliath history repeating itself against Championship City.

Dalglish has issued a full-and-frank warning to his superstars that this final – the chance for Liverpool to end six trophy-less years – is no forgone conclusion and is demanding maximum respect.

“Like ourselves, Cardiff are in the final on merit and we will give them the respect they deserve,” said Dalglish.

“We’ve seen before how upsets happen in Wembley finals. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen to us this time.”

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has outlined the extra scouting and analysis ordered by Dalglish to get the full lowdown on Malky Mackay’s promotion hopefuls.

And the Frenchman – who helped sign Gareth Bale for Spurs in his previous job – has claimed the Reds have studied City’s stars in greater details than even big rivals Manchester United.

Liverpool played United twice in recent weeks in huge-profile games in the FA Cup and the Premier, but Comolli said: “We’ve scouted Cardiff a lot more than what we would for a normal Premier League game.

“We got a lot more clips and videos of them than we would have done for a normal game.

“Kenny and the coaching staff made the point very early they wanted to treat it as an absolutely normal game.

“Obviously it’s on a neutral ground, but it becomes an away game in the preparation because we travel. Everything will be absolutely identical – the travelling, the hotel, and the preparation for the game.

“But behind the scenes we took some slightly different approaches and actions to what we do for a normal game because obviously Cardiff City are opponents we’re not used to playing.

“Kenny and the coaching staff don’t know Cardiff off the top of their heads as well as they do with the Premier League teams and players, it is likewise for the players.

“We need to make sure the players are presented with the best possible video clips and information so they go into the final on Sunday as well prepared as they can be.”

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