Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has set his sights on winning a trophy this season, as his side prepare to take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tie.
The Potters have only ever reached the final of the competition once when they won the trophy in 1972, but they are now potentially just 180 minutes away from returning to Wembley once again.
Mark Hughes’ side have established their place in the Premier League over recent seasons, with back-to-back top-10 finishes emphasising their growing stature, and Adam believes the next step is to win a major honour.
He said: “The fans’ expectations push us on too because top 10 is the norm now. But if we try to go to the next level then winning a trophy would probably be the next step.”
The Scot’s former club Liverpool stand between the Potters and a place in the final and he believes it would be a great achievement for the club to compete for the first major trophy of the 2015-16 campaign.
Adam added: “Now we have a two-legged semi-final and you never know – a trip to Wembley would be great.”
The first leg of the tie will take place at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday before the return fixture at Anfield on January 26.
Hughes’ side will head into the match full of confidence, as they defeated their opponents 6-1 when the two teams last met in the Potteries at the end of last season.
Stoke are available at 3.00 to clinch a first-leg advantage, whilst Liverpool are on offer at 2.50 and the draw is priced at 3.10.