Luis Suarez happy with Liverpool's Cup success

Updated: 31 March 2012 08:42 IST

Luis Suarez insists Liverpool can end an indifferent season on a high by claiming a second trophy.

Luis Suarez happy with Liverpool's Cup success
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Luis Suarez insists Liverpool can end an indifferent season on a high by claiming a second trophy.

Kenny Dalglish's side travel to Newcastle on Sunday hoping to stem a damaging run of five defeats in their last six Premier League games.

It is a worrying loss of form that has left them struggling to secure a top-six finish in their last eight games, their hopes of qualifying for a top-four Champions League place having long-since evaporated.

Defeat at St James' Park will see them drop 11 points behind their hosts, who currently occupy sixth place, though the disappointment of the league campaign has been offset by Dalglish leading his side to a League Cup victory.

Liverpool could double their silverware tally this term by claiming the FA Cup for the first time in six years -- they face local rivals Everton in a Wembley semi-final next month -- and Suarez believes a second trophy will go a long way towards making up for a season of Premier League under-achievement.

The Uruguay international's patchy form has mirrored that of the side over the past few months, and he said: "Our goal this season was to win trophies and qualify for the Champions League. The first part we've done, but we have failed in our other aim.

"There's always pressure for us to be high up the table, but to win two cups will be the best thing we can give to the fans who demand that we play in Europe's top competition."

Suarez warned Newcastle they are ready to take their frustrations out on Alan Pardew's over-achievers, who were beaten 3-1 at Anfield earlier in the season. "The squad is angry, and we really want to win at Newcastle on Sunday," Suarez said.

Dalglish has backed Suarez' strike partner Andy Carroll to cope with any kind of hostile reception on his first return to his former club.

Carroll left Newcastle for Merseyside in a club record £35 million ($56 million/42 million euros) transfer in January, 2011, since when he has struggled to justify his hefty price-tag, scoring a modest eight goals in 47 appearances, 28 of those starts.

The 23-year-old England forward is braced for a frosty welcome from supporters who once idolised the home-gown former Newcastle number nine.

Dalglish, who managed the Tyneside club earlier in his career, said: "He'll be excited about going back. It's the club he supported as a boy, the club that gave him his chance in professional football.

"I'm not sure he'll get abuse, because what happened was outside his control. It's up to them (Newcastle supporters) what they want to do. They pay their entrance money and if they want to give him stick, they'll give him stick. I don't think he ever did anything other than give of his best for them."

Newcastle, who are level on 50 points with fifth-placed Chelsea, can take another significant stride towards clinching a Europa League spot with a third consecutive Premier League win in front of a sell-out 52,000 crowd.

Defender Danny Simpson said: "It's a massive game for us. We're in a great position to go 11 points clear of Liverpool, and who would have said that at the start of the season?"

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