And it’s been one hell of a journey. In the seven games they have played in the competition, they have won two matches on penalties and beaten one Premier League team.
In their first round game against Oxford United, the Bluebirds were missing 10 players to international duty and had three u-18 players on the pitch, but they have shown team spirit throughout and battled hard to reach the final.
It will of course be a difficult game, Liverpool have shown signs of resurgence recently and put six goals past fellow Championship side Brighton in last week’s FA Cup clash. Yet Cardiff have shown this season that they can score goals and this, added to the remarkable team spirit, gives them a great chance of causing a major upset.
Since Malky McKay took over in the summer he has introduced a quicker attacking game than before, and this has resulted in 50 goals in the league. Star players Peter Whittingham and Kenny Miller have both scored ten in all competitions, and these two on form will undoubtedly cause Liverpool’s defence problems.
Another positive for the club is that captain Mark Hudson appears to have recovered from the calf problem and will be able to lead the side out at Wembley. A rock in defence, he is known for causing havoc in the oppositions defence and with Liverpool regularly conceding from set-pieces his presence at both ends of the pitch will be huge.
Since reaching Wembley Cardiff’s form in the league has suffered, yet Peter Whittingham doesn’t believe this matters. “It’s a cup game, anything could happen in a cup game. Everything gets put aside, even things like what has been going on in the league,” he said. “It’s a fresh start as soon as that whistle goes. But we are not going there to make up the numbers, we are going there to win the game and hopefully we can."
With that sort of attitude combined with the battling qualities they have shown this season, Cardiff as the underdog have nothing to lose. Liverpool will undoubtedly be nervous as they look to win the first trophy since Kenny Dalglish took over last January, and Cardiff will need to attack from the first whistle and try and get an early goal. If they do that and play the football they are capable of, they have a good chance of winning the League Cup and heading into Europe next season.