By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes a top-four finish has always been more important to Liverpool than the Carling Cup.

Kenny Dalglish’s side lifted the trophy at Wembley last weekend, beating Cardiff on penalties after a 2-2 draw against the Championship outfit.

The victory saw Liverpool pick up their first silverware in six years but Wenger insists a place among Europe’s elite remains their highest priority. 

“The basic target for Liverpool is to be in the Champions League places more than to win the Carling Cup,” said the Frenchman.

“I don’t count too much on Liverpool being tired [after the final]. I have seen parts of that game. In six or seven days, you have time enough to recover.”

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