Liverpool finally return to Wembley this weekend with a League Cup final date against Cardiff City, their first major final since 2007 and their first-ever visit to the rebuilt capital of English football.
One of the most difficult and important jobs that manager Kenny Dalglish will face this week is selecting which players will start the game—and which of them he has to tell will only be substitutes or not involved at all.
Liverpool have played 24 different players throughout the competition en route to the final as they overcame a tough schedule played almost exclusively away from home—before sealing their passage to Wembley and the final itself in front of their home support at Anfield in the semifinal second leg against Manchester City.
Here we take a look at which players are going to get the disappointing call from King Kenny to look on from the sidelines.
Liverpool's Road to Wembley
Second round, away vs. Exeter City, 3-1 (Luis Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez, Andy Carroll)
Third round, away vs. Brighton and Hove Albion, 2-1 (Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt)
Fourth round, away vs. Stoke City, 2-1 (Luis Suarez twice)
Quarterfinal, away vs. Chelsea, 2-0 (Maxi Rodriguez, Martin Kelly)
Semifinal first leg, away vs. Manchester City, 1-0 (Steven Gerrard penalty)
Semifinal second leg, home vs. Manchester City, 2-2 (Steven Gerrard penalty, Craig Bellamy, aggregate 3-2)
Liverpool's League Cup Goal Scorers 2011-12: Luis Suarez (three), Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez, Craig Bellamy (two), Dirk Kuyt, Andy Carroll, Martin Kelly (one)
Liverpool League Cup 2011-12 Appearances: Pepe Reina (six), Martin Skrtel, Jordan Henderson, Jay Spearing, Andy Carroll, Martin Kelly, Craig Bellamy (five), Charlie Adam, Maxi Rodriguez, Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt (four), Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing, Sebastian Coates, Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique (three), Jon Flanagan, Jack Robinson, Glen Johnson (two), Danny Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, Raul Meireles (one)