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Lessons learned from the Carling Cup

Updated: February 27, 2012, 5:59 PM ET
By James Tyler | ESPN.com

Liverpool has won a trophy.

Repeat that. Liverpool has won a trophy. And it has a Gerrard to thank. Not Steven, mind you -- supremely stonewalled as he was by Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the penalty shootout -- but cousin Anthony, who dragged his game-deciding spot kick wide left.

All joking aside, the final was a spectacle worthy of the occasion, full of drama, pathos and the kind of near intolerable tension that should accompany any major sporting event. ...

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