Craig Bellamy admitted he had sympathy for his former club Cardiff City after Liverpool's dramatic Carling Cup final victory.
Liverpool prevailed 3-2 on penalties against the Championship side after the game finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time at Wembley.
Reds forward Bellamy, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff, admitted the Bluebirds pushed Liverpool all the way and he was just happy to bring the trophy back to Anfield.
"We knew it was going to be a difficult game, which obviously it proved and it sort of reminded me of the Birmingham game [last season's final win over Arsenal] last year," Bellamy told Sky Sports News.
"Finals are very, very difficult and that just proved it.
"We thought we were going to win towards the end and they fought back and credit to them, they were outstanding.
"But unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us, no one is going to remember what happened really, it is just basically going to be another trophy to Liverpool's great history.
"I do feel a little bit sorry for them, but it is a trophy for us."
Bellamy is refusing to speculate whether the success could herald the dawning of a new era at Anfield and insists there is still a lot to play for this season.
Asked if the cup victory could be the platform for more success, Bellamy said: "We will have to wait and see.
"Birmingham last year was it a platform for them? It certainly wasn't, so it's not the end of the season for us now.
"We have won a trophy, but the simple fact is there is pressure on this club and pressure on the players day in and day out to perform at the highest level and that's really what we have to continue and try and do."