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Gerrard: Cup wins can rescue Pool's poor year

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes reaching the FA Cup final will provide some compensation for the Reds underperforming this season.

The chances of Champions League qualification have disappeared after just three wins in 2012, but Liverpool still have the chance to add to February's Carling Cup triumph, which was their first trophy for six years.

And despite coming up short in the Premier League, Gerrard believes two finals in one season will represent progress. But first they have to get past Everton in today's semi-final.

"Everyone's frustrated with the league position, we won't hide that fact," the England midfielder said. "The simple facts are our league campaign hasn't been good enough.

"We're all frustrated and the players have under-delivered.

"Not just the new signings, not just certain individuals, all of us have under-delivered in the league but we've done fantastically in the cups.

"I think if this team, this squad, delivers two major cup finals in one season, it can turn the season into a success."