Adam wary of complacency

Scot adamant Liverpool are only concentrating on next fixture

Charlie Adam: Scored a Wembley winner in the 2010 play-off final

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Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam knows it would be dangerous to underestimate Cardiff in the Carling Cup final having himself caused a Wembley upset in the past.

The Scotland international scored with a stunning 25-yard free-kick as Blackpool earned promotion to the Premier League with a 3-2 victory over Cardiff in 2010.

Coincidentally the Bluebirds provide the opposition in the Carling Cup final on Sunday but this time it is Adam's team who are the favourites against the Championship side.

However, the 26-year-old knows from recent experience what the less-fancied club in a final is capable of.

"You always give respect to the opposition, no matter who you're playing."

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"When I played there in the play-off final it was a great occasion for Blackpool, because we were underdogs," he said.

"You always give respect to the opposition, no matter who you're playing.


"They've come a long way, they're a good side, with a good manager and they are on the right road.

"They've been in the play-offs for a number of years but they've just not had the luck to get to the Premier League - that's the difference."

Ironically Cardiff have been to Wembley more times than Liverpool in the last few years, having also been runners-up in the 2008 FA Cup.

Sunday will be the Reds' first final for five years and their last silverware was in 2006, at the Millennium Stadium, which is why this trophy has taken on such significance for them.

However, Adam insists the players are not thinking of it as the springboard on which the next chapter of the club's history can be launched.

"We only concentrate on the next game - and the next game for us is the Carling Cup final," he added.

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