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Craig Bellamy: Champions League qualification is the priority over League Cup success for Liverpool

The Wales international feels both the Reds and former club Cardiff would sacrifice Wembley glory for the sake of a acheiving their respective league aims

Craig Bellamy has admitted that Liverpool would prefer Champions League qualification over victory in the League Cup final.

The Reds take on Championship promotion-chasers Cardiff City at Wembley on Sunday, in the first major final of the current campaign.

Although Liverpool have not won a single piece of silverware since 2006, Bellamy believes a top-four finish in the Premier League is more important than triumphing over his former club.

"Would we choose Champions League over Carling Cup? I think we would. Would Cardiff choose entering the Premier League over the Carling Cup? I think they would as well,” Bellamy told reporters.

"They have promotion to go for, we have Champions League to go for. We're still in the FA Cup. Both teams have got so much to play for this season.

"Cup competitions are a big bonus really but we are looking at Champions League and maybe a win might help us and push us towards what we aim to achieve."

There was some doubt over whether or not the Welshman would be fit for the final, after he opted to have treatment on an injury which kept him out of last weekend’s 6-1 thrashing of Brighton in the FA Cup.

But the former Manchester City forward has stressed it was simply precautionary, with a busy run of fixtures coming up over the next couple of weeks in mind, and that he will be fit to face his boyhood favourites at Wembley.

"I'm fine," he added.  “We have a lot of games coming up, not just the Carling Cup final. I have an international game straight away, then Arsenal. It's a busy run of games yet again so it was a case of getting it sorted now.

"I start training on Thursday and am fine at the moment."

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