Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany says the club’s players are determined to give manager Manuel Pellegrini a fitting send off by winning the Capital One Cup final on Sunday.
The Citizens suffered a trophyless campaign last season, and have performed somewhat below expectations this season.
However, Kompany feels the disappointment of last season will help motivate City’s players to produce a strong performance against Liverpool at Wembley.
“Winning a trophy would be good for Manuel, it would be good for the players, and it would be good for the club,” Kompany told the club’s official website.
“We all want to leave a legacy. I don’t think our club, at this moment in time, can take anything for granted.
“This is such a big game for Manchester City. We aren’t in a position yet where we can just count this game as just another final because we haven’t done enough to earn that.”
He added: “Maybe it is forgotten that when I came to City, the club wasn’t in a great place and had not won anything since 1976.
“The supporters suffered so much pain and I know from talking to them that those tough times made what has happened in recent years even better.
“Any opportunity for success that comes our way has to be grasped. We have to be hungry.
“This club is still being built. There is a huge gap for us to fill before we can be anywhere near the biggest clubs, even in England.
“I look at this game as an opportunity to take Manchester City one step closer to the biggest names in English football.
“We aren’t one of the biggest clubs yet – but we will be. One day we will be part of it.
“Over the coming years, we can close the gap by winning trophies every single season.”