Gerrard: Collective needed for cup glory

Finals tend to bring out the best in Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, but he insists if they are to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup at Wembley it will have to be a team effort.

The England midfielder was instrumental in the Reds' last appearance in the FA Cup showpiece, scoring twice and setting up the other in a triumph over West Ham in 2006. Gerrard was also a major reason for the remarkable comeback which secured Liverpool Champions League glory against AC Milan a year earlier.

However, the 31-year-old rejects the suggestion his team-mates have an over-reliance on him. He said: "I don't think so. We beat Everton in a massive game at Wembley (the semi-final) not so long ago and I didn't get the goals So we've certainly got players in and around the squad who can be match-winners."

He added: "Not all the pressure's on me. It's up to everyone to deliver trophies for this club.

"Maybe the knockout nature of the cups has brought the best out of us this season. But what it also shows is that when we are down, under the cosh and under pressure, this team is never beaten."

Gerrard cannot hide his disappointment that the club's cup form this season has not been replicated in the league.

Despite winning their first trophy since that 2006 FA Cup final, beating Cardiff in the Carling Cup in February, results have been on the slide. By Sunday Liverpool could have dropped to ninth, although they will have a match in hand, but the Reds captain stressed an FA Cup win would give them the confidence to launch a top-four challenge next season.

"Let's be realistic. At the start of the season our chances of winning the Premier League were quite slim," Gerrard admitted.

"We had Manchester City's power to contend with and Chelsea's power, Manchester United are always there, so we were probably fourth or fifth favourites at the time.

"But we had much better chances of going out and winning the Carling Cup and getting to the FA Cup final and that's what we've done. What it shows is that if we do win the FA Cup this squad still needs slight tweaking in the summer if we are to compete in the Premier League."